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An Essay on the Modern State (Hardback)

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Hardback 316 Pages / Published: 13/02/1998
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This important book is the first serious philosophical examination of the modern state. It inquires into the justification of this particular form of political society. It asks whether all states are 'nation-states', what are the alternative ways of organizing society, and which conditions make a state legitimate. The author concludes that, while states can be legitimate, they typically fail to have the powers (e.g sovereignty) that they claim. Many books analyze government and its functions but none focuses on the state as a distinctive form of political organization or examines critically the claims states make for themselves. In filling this lacuna Christopher Morris has written a book that will command the attention of political philosophers, political scientists, legal theorists, and specialists in international relations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521496254
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a judicious and wide-ranging discussion of the problems of the definition of the state, the justification of the state, the nature of the state's authority and its extent, and the justification of territorial boundaries for the state and its appropriate function. Morris's book is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read that political philosophers and theorists will do well to pay attention to.' Ethics
'Christopher Morris's An Essay on the Modern State argues ... that political philosophers should ... first examine more carefully the state itself, its purported justifications, and the claims states typically make over people and territories. This seems to be exactly the right prescription for philosophy, and Morris's approach not only brings contemporary preoccupations into closer contact with those of classical political philosophy, it also nicely shows just how the projects of mainstream contemporary political philosophy are related to those of more radical and revisionist (for instance anarchist) theory.' The Philosophical Review
'Morris reveals a great deal about just what the modern state can and cannot be and this puts all students of political philosophy in his debt.' Review of Metaphysics
"Morris...offers a refreshing...return to the tradition of political analysis that focused on the nature of the state rather than on the institutions of government and the political process. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty." Choice
"...Morris's book os an excellent illustration...Morris's approach not only brings contemporary preoccupations into closer contact with those of classical political philosophy, it also nicely shows just how the projects of mainstream contemporary political philosophy are related to those of more radical and revisionist theory. An Essay is a very good book, and anyone interested in political and legal philsophy should find much in the book to engage those interests. It is throughout exceptionally clear and careful, accessible to readers at various levels of sophistication while still responsive to the best recent work on its topics, and full of interesting and persuasive argument." The Philosophical Review
"Christopher W. Morris's An Essay on the Modern State is a wide-ranging and highly provocative exploration of the nature and supposed justifications of the modern state." Eric Mack, Tulane University

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