Analytical Political Philosophy: From Discourse, Edification (Toronto Studies in Philosophy)
By: David Braybrooke (author)Hardback
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The analytic movement has long been the dominant philosophical tradition in English-speaking countries. In Analytical Political Philosophy: From Discourse, Edification, distinguished Canadian philosopher David Braybrooke explores this movement by bringing together some of his earlier free-standing studies of the concepts of needs, rights, and rules. He combines the results with an analytical account of how to deal with consequences and thus, arrives at a program for public policy, comparable in generality at least and in trenchancy to the programs offered by Rawls, Nozick, and Gauthier. Braybrooke illustrates how his program can deal robustly with the worst evils of recent politics, which on point after point defy and reverse what the program calls for. An essay that relates the program to utilitarianism and natural law theory brings to an end, not only the present book, but the series of books, all published by University of Toronto Press, beginning with Moral Objectives, Rules, and the Forms of Social Change (1998), and continuing with Natural Law Modernized (2001) and Utilitarianism: Restorations; Repairs; Renovations (2004).
The four books, which embrace all the main themes of Braybrooke's life-work, form a mutually reinforcing whole that invites being called the author's Summa Philosophica.
David Braybrooke was a professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University and holds the Centennial Commission Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Introduction Part One: Free-Standing Studies of Political Terms Section A: Needs * The Concept of Needs, with a Heart-Warming Offer of Aid to Utilitarianism * Where Does the Moral Force of Needs Reside, and When? Section B: Rights * The Analysis of Rights * Our Natural Bodies, Our Social Rights Section C: Rules * The Representation of Rules in Logic and Their Definition Part Two: Aggregating the Free-Standing Studies *(The Keystone Chapter) Aggregating in a Distinctive Grand Program the Free-Standing Studies and an Account of the Serial Evaluation of Consequences Part Three: Analytical Political Philosophy Deals with Evil * Through the Free-Standing Studies and Their Aggregation in a Grand Program, Analytical Political Philosophy Can Deal with Evil Part Four: Three Famous Grand Programs in Analytical Political Philosophy, with Comparisons * Utilitarianism with a Difference: Rawls's Position in Ethics * Sidgwick's Critique of Nozick * Social Contract Theory's Fanciest Flight (with Gauthier) * Comparisons of the Other Grand Programs, Especially Rawls's, with the Needs-Focused Combination Program Part Five: An Epilogue to the Book and to the Four-Book Series That It Brings to an End: Two Older Grand Programs * The Relation of Utilitarianism to Natural Law Theory notes index
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