In this new text, Mark Mattern offers a unique alternative to the traditional approaches to the study and teaching of political philosophy. Rather than approaching it solely as a world of abstractions, Putting Ideas to Work emphasizes its practical task. Political ideas drawn from historical and analytical political philosophy are used to help rethink current public problems and imagine potential solutions to them.
Mark Mattern is associate professor of political science at Baldwin-Wallace College. He is the author of Acting in Concert: Music, Community and Political Action.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 The Individual and the Community Chapter 3 Radical Individualism and the Tragedy of the Commons Chapter 4 Democractic Community Part 5 Freedom and Equality Chapter 6 Radical Inequality and Its Roots Chapter 7 More Freedom and Equality Part 8 Justice and Political Order Chapter 9 Thrasymachus Was Right Chapter 10 No peace Without Justice Part 11 Democracy and Capitalism Chapter 12 An Unhappy Marriage Chapter 13 Democracy As a Way of Life Part 14 Power and Citizenship Chapter 15 Power and th Disappearing Citizen Chapter 16 Power and the Revival of Citizenship