Michael Walzer is one of the world's leading philosophers and political theorists. In addition to his best-known books such as Spheres of Justice, and Just and Unjust Wars, he has contributed to contemporary political debates beyond academia in the New York Times, the New Yorker and Dissent.
Reading Walzer is the first book to assess the full range of Walzer's work. An outstanding team of international contributors consider the following topics in relation to Walzer's work:the moral standing of nation statesindividual responsibility and laws governing the conduct of wardebates over intervention and non-interventionhuman and minority rightsmoral and cultural pluralismequalityjustice Walzer's radicalism and role as a critic.
All chapters have been specially commissioned for this collection, and Walzer's responses to his critics makes Reading Walzer essential reading for students of political philosophy and political theory.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 342
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 21 mm
"Reading Walzer is taking Walzer seriously by providing attentive reading of an inspired political thinker with inspiring political thoughts. It covers many aspects of Walzer's thoughts not only with celebratory panache but also with critical punch. To read Michael Walzer is an aesthetic feast, to read Reading Walzer retains the flavor of reading the original." - Avishai Margalit, Princeton University, USA
"For more than 40 years, Michael Walzer has been one of the most distinctive, wide-ranging, and consistently interesting voices in political theory. These 14 essays by a top-flight cast of philosophers, political scientists, and legal scholars, display, in a critical and probing manner, the richness of Walzer's legacy. Reading Walzer is a most welcome contribution, and clearly the best secondary source on Walzer available today." - Endre Begby, Simon Fraser University, Canada
"This Festschrift to Michael Walzer is, to the best of my knowledge, the first critical collection dedicated to his work. This may be surprising - as Naomi Sussmann's helpful introduction demonstrates, and pace Walzer's self-effacing claim that he has `generally been marginal to academic debates' (p. 167), his contribution to these debates in the last 50 years has been remarkable. Given this lacuna, a collection of new articles from leading scholars revisiting Walzer's writings is more than welcome."
- Lior Erez, University College London