Introductions to political philosophy/theory mostly exclude discussions of race, and anthologies of political theory and philosophy cover readings from the ancient Greeks to contemporary theorists but without the voices of nonwhite authors. So Western political thought seems circumscribed to the theories of white men thus providing a misleading narrative of Western political theory to college students. The debates presented between liberalism and absolutism, libertarianism and communitarianism, capitalism and socialism leave out discussions of racism, sexism, abolitionism, colonialism, imperialism, and white supremacy.
This textbook is ideal for a variety of courses including social and political philosophy, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, political theory, sociology, social justice programs/course, and theories of justice.
- Offers an accessible reader that combines theory with historical and contemporary case studies that encourage students to apply their theoretical understandings of justice to real world issues.
- The case studies offer teachers built-in class activities to explore the implications and applications of theory.
- Includes introductions at the beginning of each section and contemporary case studies at the end of each section of theoretical readings. At the end of each section there will also be reflection questions and paper topics.
1. From the State of Nature to Society: The Social Contract and Its Critics / 2. Racial and Gender Justice: The Quest for Civil Rights / 3. Economic Justice and Social Welfare / 4. Environmental Justice: Confronting Racism and Imperialism / 5. Global Justice: Confronting Colonialism / 6. From Theory to Practice: Working Toward a Just World