When do governments merit our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? In this investigation of this most enduring of political dilemmas, Ian Shapiro discusses the different answers that have been proposed by the major political theorists in the utilitarian, Marxist, and social contract traditions over the past four centuries. Showing how these political philosophies have all been decisively shaped by the core values of the Enlightenment, he demonstrates that each one contains useful insights that survive their failures as comprehensive doctrines and that should inform our thinking about political legitimacy. Shapiro then turns to the democratic tradition. Exploring the main arguments for and against democracy from Plato's time until our own, he argues that democracy offers the best resources for realizing the Enlightenment's promise and managing its internal tensions. As such, democracy supplies the most attractive available basis for political legitimacy.
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Also available by Ian Shapiro: Democratic Justice; Pathologies of Rational Choice TheoryFrom the Inside Flap:
"In The Moral Foundations of Politics, Shapiro reaffirms his place as one of the very clearest and most resolute, and most solidly grounded, practitioners of political theory in this generation."—Adolph Reed, Jr., New School for Social Research
"A deeply valuable book at many levels. Shapiro shows an almost unique ability to combine the broad sweep with the telling detail or precise insight—just what a book of this sort needs."—Jennifer L. Hochschild, Harvard University
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Descripción Yale University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110300079079
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Descripción Yale University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0300079079
Descripción Yale University Press, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0300079079