$4.95 delivery: 19 - 26 May
Usually dispatched within 4 to 5 days.
Ships from and sold by Ultimate Treasures AU.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $7.66 delivery
Sold by: ErgodeBooks Ships From USA.
+ FREE Delivery
Sold by: Books Mela Aus
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

Political Philosophy: A Beginner′s Guide for Students and Politicians Paperback – 21 September 2001

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from

There is a newer edition of this item:

Enhance your purchase

Save on selected Bestselling Children's books.
Includes Bluey, Peter Rabbit, Spot, Peppa Pig, Roald Dahl and more. Click to explore.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions

  • Buy this item and get 90 days Free Amazon Music Unlimited. After purchase you will receive an email with further information. Offer valid for a limited time only. Terms and Conditions apply.” Learn more here.

Includes your first audiobook free, a bonus book selected by our editors, unlimited access to exclusive podcasts and more. $16.45/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime. Learn more >

Product details

  • Publisher : Polity Press (21 September 2001)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0745628478
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0745628479
  • Dimensions : 13.7 x 1.57 x 22 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

Product description


"Adam Swift′s book accomplishes a rare feat: it is at once an engaging and accessible introduction to a complex body of philosophical ideas that will be immensely useful to novices, and it is a sophisticated and original synthesis that will be of great value to seasoned academics familiar with the problems under discussion ." Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin

"A stunning achievement. Beginning students will learn painlessly how to avoid the commonest blunders in the interpretation of Rawls′s theory of justice (all of which have appeared in print, incidentally), and will be spared the effort to make sense of Berlin′s "two concepts of liberty", thanks to Swift′s crisp exploration of its multiple confusions. Politicians will, if they take it to heart, feel ashamed of pretending that the invocation of "community" solves any problems, intellectual or practical, and will understand why it is morally disreputable to pander to popular notions of desert. In addition academic political philosophers will find their criticisms of egalitarian liberalism stated clearly and succinctly, and then deftly refuted." Brian Barry, Arnold A Saltzman Professor in Philosophy and Political Science, Columbia University, New York

"Adam Swift′s introduction to political philosophy is clear–headed, fair–minded and fluently written. It will be of great value to students and all those interested in contemporary debates about liberty, equality, justice and community." Michael Sandel, Professor of Government, Harvard University

"Worthwhile read!" Politico′s Bookshop

"he has produced a triumph of a book that illuminates the last two decades of politics and points the way to the next...How does philosophy affect politics? Through books like this." James Purnell, MP

"It most certainly fills a market niche in the international introductory political theory / philosophy textbooks market." Contemporary Political Theory

From the Back Cover

Politicians invoke grand ideas: social justice, liberty, equality,community. But what do these ideas really mean? How can politicians across the political spectrum appeal to the same values?

Political Philosophy: A Beginners′ Guide for Students and Politicians answers these important questions. Accessible and lively, the book is an ideal student text, but it also brings the insights of the world′s leading political philosophers to a wide general audience. Using plenty of examples, it equips readers to think for themselves about the ideas that shape political life.

Democracy works best when both politicians and voters move beyond rhetoric to think clearly and carefully about the political principles that should govern their society. But clear thinking is difficult in an age when established orthodoxies have fallen by the wayside. Bringing political philosophy out of the ivory tower and within the reach of all, this book provides us with tools to cut through the complexities of modern politics. In so doing, it makes a valuable contribution to the democratic process.

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5
5 global ratings
5 star
4 star
3 star 0% (0%) 0%
2 star 0% (0%) 0%
1 star 0% (0%) 0%
How are ratings calculated?

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Top reviews from Australia

There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from Australia

Top reviews from other countries

Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars it did its job
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2019
Verified Purchase