Women, Political Philosophy and Politics

Women, Political Philosophy and Politics

By: Liz Sperling (author)Paperback

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This new book explores the interface between political philosophy and politics, looking at the effects of philosophical traditions on the contemporary relationship between women and politics. Analysing key concepts in political philosophy, the author illustrates how common ideas - entrenched in the development of political thought and practice - have become almost intractable 'truths' that continue to differentiate between the sexes in politics. Liz Sperling looks in detail at the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, Rawls and Nozick, considering general themes to which they have all contributed - such as the state of nature, the state, markets, citizenship and representation. The focus then turns to the specific contributions of the philosophers that continue to influence the association of women to politics. These include an analysis of Greek classicists' establishment of andocracy, Rousseau's treatise on education for citizenship, and nineteenth-century ideas of equality. In conclusion, the themes demonstrated throughout are drawn together to show how they translate into contemporary policy on women in politics. Offering an original insight into the ways in which political thought influences political practice, this will be essential reading in a key area of politics, philosophy and women's studies. Key Features: * explores interface between political philosophy and practical politics * covers key political philosophers over time - Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, Rawls, Nozick * unique in examining effects of traditional philosophy on the contemporary relationship between women and politics

About Author

Senior Lecturer in Politics at Liverpool John Moores University.


Preface and Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Women, Political Philosophy and Politics: Theory and Practice in Conflict?; Chapter 2: The State of Nature and the Origins of the Exclusionary State; Chapter 3: The State that Ends at the Front Door; Chapter 4: Citizenship and Representation: A Case of Protective Custody?; Chapter 5: Plato and Aristotle: Androcracy Incarnate; Chapter 6: Hobbes and Locke: Divine Right of Contract Man; Chapter 7: Rousseau: Education for the Common Good; Chapter 8: Mill, Marx and Engels: Equality and the Common Man; Chapter 9: Rawls and Nozick: Justice and Masculinised Politics; Chapter 10: Never Decreasing Circles: The Legacy of Political Philosophy; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780748611089
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780748611089
  • weight: 344
  • ISBN10: 0748611088

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