Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology
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The revised and updated edition of Goodin and Pettit’s highly-acclaimed contemporary political philosophy anthology, bringing together the field’s most important readings in a single volume

Since its initial publication in 1997, Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology has risen to prominence as the definitive collection of seminal readings in post-war political philosophy. Unparalleled in the breadth and scope of its coverage, this newly-revised third edition has been expanded to include forty-nine contemporary and classic selections from some of the most distinguished scholars in this increasingly active area of research. These essays trace the evolution of political philosophy as a contemporary practice and raise important questions about recent developments in the discipline and the impact of current political events.

Edited by two of the field’s most highly-respected scholars, the third edition retains many of the rich, wide-ranging essays that gave the book its initial acclaim while expanding sections on international affairs and political oppression, and contextualizing some of the most active and divisive disciplinary debates. Essays explore topics in economics, law, justice, and national sovereignty across the analytic and continental divide, and represent a diversity of political and ideological positions, balancing traditional liberal scholarship with more radical work and including interdisciplinary voices in politics, law, and economics.

Together with the Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, Second Edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2012), Goodin and Pettit’s anthology forms the bedrock of a systematic and comprehensive introduction to political philosophy for advanced students and research-active scholars.


Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Social and Political Theory at Australian National University and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. The Founding Editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy, he has published many books, including A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, Second Edition (Wiley Blackwell 2012, with P. Pettit). His book Discretionary Time: A New Measure of Freedom (2008 with J.M. Rice, A. Parpo, and L. Eriksson) was awarded the International Social Science Council’s Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research.

Philip Pettit is L. S. Rockefeller University Professor of Human Values at Princeton University and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He is fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Working in moral and political philosophy, and on background issues in the philosophy of mind, he is the author of a number of books, including On the People’s Terms, which won the David and Elaine Spitz prize for 2014, and The Birth of Ethics, which appeared in 2018.



Part I Doing Political Philosophy

1 Realism and Moralism in Political Theory
Bernard Williams

2 What Do We Want from a Theory of Justice?
Amartya Sen

3 Utopophobia
David Estlund

4 Political Political Theory: An Inaugural Lecture
Jeremy Waldron

Part II State and Society

5 The State
Quentin Skinner

6 State Simplification
James C. Scott

7 The Liberal State
Catharine A. MacKinnon

8 The Market and the Forum: Three Varieties of Political Theory 
Jon Elster

9 Invoking Civil Society
Charles Taylor

Part III Democracy

10 The Public Sphere
Jürgen Habermas

11 Procedural Democracy
Robert A. Dahl

12 Deliberation and Democratic Legitimacy
Joshua Cohen

13 Dealing with Difference: A Politics of Ideas or a Politics of Presence?
Anne Phillips

14 A “Selection Model” of Political Representation
Jane Mansbridge

Part IV Justice

15 Justice as Fairness
John Rawls

16 Nozick’s Entitlements
Onora O'Neill

17 Justice Engendered
Martha Minow

18 Political Responsibility and Structural Injustice 
Iris Marion Young

19 Superseding Historic Injustice
Jeremy Waldron

Part V Rights

20 Are There Any Natural Rights?
H. L. A. Hart

21 Taking Rights Seriously
Ronald M. Dworkin

22 Basic Rights
Henry Shue

23 The Dark Side of Human Rights
Onora O'Neill

24 A Defense of Abortion
Judith Jarvis Thomson

25 Justice and Minority Rights
Will Kymlicka

Part VI Liberty

26 Two Concepts of Liberty
Isaiah Berlin

27 What's Wrong with Negative Liberty?
Charles Taylor

28 A Third Concept of Liberty
Quentin Skinner

29 Libertarian Paternalism
Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

30 Political Liberalism and Religion: On Separation and Establishment
Cécile Laborde

Part VII Equality

31 Complex Equality
Michael Walzer

32 Equality of What?
Amartya Sen

33 Equality and Priority
Derek Parfit

34 Chance, Choice and Justice
Brian Barry

35 What Is the Point of Equality?
Elizabeth S. Anderson

Part VIII Oppression

36 Power, Right, Truth
Michel Foucault

37 The Domination Contract
Charles Mills

38 Race, Sex, and Indifference
Carole Pateman

39 Respecting Beliefs and Rebuking Rushdie
Peter Jones

40 The Structure of Proletarian Unfreedom
G. A. Cohen

41 What’s Wrong with Colonialism
Lea Ypi

Part IX International Affairs

42 Just War: The Case of World War II
G. E. M. Anscombe

43 National Self-determination
Avishai Margalit and Joseph Raz

44 The Ethical Significance of Nationality
David Miller

45 The Romance of the Nation-State
David Luban

46 Democracy: From City-States to a Cosmopolitan Order?
David Held

47 Transnationalizing the Public Sphere
Nancy Fraser

48 Migration and Poverty
Thomas Pogge

49 Humanity and Justice in Global Perspective
Brian Barry