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An Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy: A Question-based Approach

An Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy: A Question-based Approach (Paperback)

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Social and political philosophy, unlike other fields and disciplines, involves conflict, disagreement, deliberation, and action. This text takes a new approach and understands philosophy not so much as a story of great thinkers or as a collection of philosophical positions but as a series of debates and disagreements in which students must participate. Adopting what may be called an 'active learning' method, Richard Schmitt, who has long taught social and political philosophy in the Ivy Leagues as well at state colleges, presents a range of problems and debates which engage the core question of freedom. Too often, students are bewildered, and then bored, by highly abstract philosophical questions because they are unable to connect those abstract issues to their own life experiences.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheorySocial & political philosophy Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 28/04/2009 ISBN-13: 9780742564138  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Richard Schmitt Ph.D. is emeritus professor of philosophy at Brown University. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and has published widely in modern political philosophy, with special focus on Marxism and critical theory. His books include Introduction to Marx and Engels and Towards a New Socialism.

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