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International Political Theory

Philosophy and Political Engagement

Reflection in the Public Sphere

Editors: Fives, Allyn, Breen, Keith (Eds.)

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Do philosophers have a responsibility to their society that is distinct from their responsibility to it as citizens? This edited volume explores both what type of contribution philosophy can make and what type of reasoning is appropriate when addressing public matters now. These questions are posed by leading international scholars working in the fields of moral and political philosophy. Each contribution also investigates the central issue of how to combine critical, rational analysis with a commitment to politically relevant public engagement. The contributions to this volume analyse issues raised in practical ethics, including abortion, embryology, and assisted suicide. They consider the role of ethical commitment in the philosophical analysis of contemporary political issues, and engage with matters of public policy such as poverty, the arts, meaningful work, as well as the evidence base for policy. They also examine the normative legitimacy of power, including the use of violence.

About the authors

Allyn Fives is Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology, and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland. He is the author of Political Reason: Morality and the Public Sphere (2013) and Political and Philosophical Debates in Welfare (2008), and is currently working on a book about power and childhood.

Keith Breen is Senior Lecturer in Political and Social Theory at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Under Weber’s Shadow: Modernity, Subjectivity and Politics in Habermas, Arendt and MacIntyre (2012) and co-editor of After the Nation? Critical Reflections on Nationalism and Postnationalism (with S. O’Neill, 2010) and of Freedom and Domination: Exploring Republican Freedom (2016).

 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fives, Allyn (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • The Role of Philosophy in Public Matters

    Fives, Allyn

    Pages 7-27

  • On Philosophy’s Contribution to Public Matters: Charting the Course of a Debate

    Mahon, Joseph

    Pages 29-55

  • Abortion and the Right to Not Be Pregnant

    Mahon, James Edwin

    Pages 57-77

  • Acts, Omissions, and Assisted Death: Some Reflections on the Marie Fleming Case

    Hull, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 79-96

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy and Political Engagement
Book Subtitle
Reflection in the Public Sphere
Editors
  • Allyn Fives
  • Keith Breen
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44587-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44587-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44586-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 275
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