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You and the State: A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy - Elements of Philosophy (Hardback)
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You and the State: A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy - Elements of Philosophy (Hardback)

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Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 07/04/2008
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Jan Narveson asks the provocative, philosophical question: is the state necessary? In this unusual introduction to political philosophy, Narveson draws on the history of political philosophy and discusses its main theories_classic liberal, democratic, socialist, radical_with reference to how each sees the place of the individual in the political order. Narveson's critique is situated within issues of freedom, authority, economic welfare, international relations and others to explore how and whether the state is necessary. His argument is ultimately anti-statist and takes seriously the question of whether and how some version of anarchism might make sense.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742548435
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 20 mm


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An enjoyable, breezy book that is sure to generate much thought and much comment. . . . Recommended. Two-star review. * CHOICE, March 2009 *
Since the Western tradition of political philosophy first took root in ancient Greece, it has grappled with three overarching questions: What, if anything justifies the government's existence? Assuming that government can be justified or is simply found to be inevitable, what form should it take? And what should the government do? . . . Jan Narveson's most recent book, You and the State: A Fairly Brief Introduction to Political Philosophy, has the virtue of paying due attention to all three of the big questions, treating them in an accessible and engaging manner well suited to anyone exploring the subject for the first time. * The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy, Fall 2009 *
Narveson offers a refreshingly straightforward introduction to the major schools of political philosophy in which he lays bare his own unvarnished opinions about the proper role of government in the lives of individuals. The animated journey through classical philosophical ideas and texts winds up at an unusual and intriguing destination few of us bother to seriously consider, but probably should: a state of no state that Narveson lauds as capitalist anarchism. -- Hawley Fogg-Davis, Temple University

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