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Summary

This Very Short Introduction introduces listeners to the key concepts of political philosophy: authority, democracy, freedom and its limits, justice, feminism, multiculturalism, and nationality. Accessible and assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, it encourages the listener to think clearly and critically about the leading political questions of our time. 

Miller first investigates how political philosophy tackles basic ethical questions such as "how should we live together in society?" He furthermore looks at political authority, discusses the reasons society needs politics in the first place, explores the limitations of politics, and asks if there are areas of life that shouldn't be governed by politics. Moreover, he explores the connections between political authority and justice, a constant theme in political philosophy, and the ways in which social justice can be used to regulate rather than destroy a market economy. 

In his travels through this realm, Miller covers why nations are the natural units of government and wonders if the rise of multiculturalism and transnational co-operation will change all this, and asks in the end if we will ever see the formation of a world government.

©2003 David Miller (P)2021 Tantor

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Interesting material, but an irritating narrator

The book is an interesting, if somewhat simplistic, overview of the core questions of political philosophy, but I personally found the narrator's voice and tone rather irritating and patronising.

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  • Jonas S. de Almeida
  • 30-03-22

starts great, well written, very informative but

... but closer to the end it veers towards the neoliberal global order proselytization. It is a shame that the opportunity to touch on the current diversity of political philosophies. Case in point, we are again in the middle of a super power contest and one has to wonder why political realism of the likes of Henry Kissinger or John Mearsheimer is entirely missing.