Political Thinking: The Perrennial Questions
This introductory text for political science or political theory courses introduces political philosophy by posing questions that help students engage in the process of political thinking. By concentrating on the questions rather than the answers, this text stirs critical thought. In addition, the great philosophers' responses to these questions are traced, helping students understand the historical and contemporary importance of these questions in politics and political life.
1. Why Engage in Political Thinking? 2. Estrangement and Unity. 3. Inequality and Equality. 4. Power and Its Possessors. 5. Limits on Power. 6. The Ends of Power. 7. Historical Change.
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Tinder is Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts.
Table Of Contents
- Part 1 Why Engage In Political Thinking? Part 2 Estrangement And Unity:
- Are Human Beings Estranged In Essence?
- If Human Beings Are Not Estranged In Essence, Why Are There So Many
- Divisions And Conflicts Among Them?
- Can Estrangement Overcome Through Reason?
- Is Religion In Some Form Needed For Overcoming Peoples Estrangement?
- Should All Peoples Be United In A Single Global Society?
- Should All Class Distinctions Be Abolished? Part 3 Inequality And Human
- Beings: Are Human Beings Unequal In Essence?
- If Some Human Beings Are Essentially Superior To All Others, How And By
- Whom Can They Be Identified?
- If Human Beings Are Essentially Equal, Are All Conventional Inequalities
- If All Conventional Inequalities Were Abolished, Would Estrangement
- Should Men And Women Always And In All Things Be Treated Equally? Part 4
- Power And Its Possessors: Can Social Order Be Maintained Without Power?
- Who Should Rule?
- If The People Rule, Should They Do So Themselves Or Through
- Is It Good To Have Power?
- Why Obey? Part 5 Limits On Power: Should All Governments Be Under The Same
- Moral Limits As Individuals?
- Should Governments In All Circumstances Be Under Constitutional Limits?
- Should Governments Ordinarily Leave The Ownership And Control Of Industry
- In Private Hands?
- Can Political Power And Perfect Knowledge Ever Be Joined? Part 6 The Ends
- Of Power: Does Every Government Serve Merely "the Interest Of The
- Is The Final Goal Of Government Simply To Enable Individuals To Live As
- They Choose?
- Does Government Have Any Responsibility For Truth And Morality?
- Is Avenging Crime A Proper Aim Of Government?
- Should Governments Try To Create Societies That Fulfil All Needs And
- Desires? Part 7 Historical Change: Can Human Beings Control The Course Of
- Can We Guide History Without Using Extensive Violence?
- Do Truth And Right Change In The Course Of History?
- Does History Lead Naturally Toward "the Good Society"?
- The Idea Of Humane Uncertainty.