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  • Paperback: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; 2 edition (13 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198782748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198782742
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Review of second edition: There is an effortless command of a range of arguments and theories, comprehensive and informed knowledge of the relevant sources, and a narrative which is highly accessible and at the same time organises the material intelligently. Kymlicka's own views are expressed but in a way that does not do a disservice to those he criticises. This is a fine example of an introductory text which does not mute its authors stance but which benefits from his partisan participation in the debates (Dr David Archard, University of St Andrews)

Review of second edition: Kymlicka has an exceptional ability to present difficult material in an accessible manner that nevertheless allows the reader to understand why the issue is complex and why it matters. The chapters are clearly written, pitched at the right level, and cover the territory (Dr Matt Matravers, University of York)

Review of second edition: (The) changes make this edition sill more attractive and useful than the first. Its depth, lucidity and rigour mark it out as one of the better introductions on the market for anyone who wishes seriously to engage with the important recent debates within contemporary liberal theory. It stands out as that rare introductory book that offers the hard analytical work required if one is really to get to grips with the issues. (THES)

Review of first edition: Kymlicka has given us a superb book that might serve as a central text in both introductory and advanced courses in political philosophy...Kymlicka's striking achievement is to have presented a sophisticated philosophical analysis in clear, non-technical language readily intellible to any alternative reader... (David Stern, Teaching Philosophy)

Review of first edition: ... For a higher-level undergraduate or graduate course on contemporary political philosophy it would be ideal. Moreover, it is a serious work in political philosophy deserving the attention and respect of the mature political-philosophical community (James Child, Philosophical Quarterly)

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Will Kymlicka is Professor of Philosophy at Queens University, Canada


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This book really is a gem. Taking the reader through the key issues of contemporary political and ethical theory, Kymlicka manages to admirably disentangle the thorny writing style of Rawls to lay down for the beginner the essential elements of "A Theory of Justice." Taking this as his foundation, he builds from the Rawlsian preamble the critiques made of Rawls by Nozick, Walzer and other schools of political thought.
This approach works very well. However, there a few factual errors - especially in the discussion of Rawls - which necessitate the reader looking back to the original texts. Which is no bad thing, considering a reader really ought to consider this book only an appetiser for the heavy yet enjoyable fodder that Rawls and Nozick offer.
Recommended for all those with an interest in the subject and for students in the first couple of years of undergraduate study.
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This is a long, and at times long-winded, book on pretty much all political theories you might want to ever hear about. I recommend reading the introduction, and then selectively pick chapters by your interests.
The book suffers slightly from trying too much: Both being an introduction, and being enlightening. It's not bad in either regard, but it is hard to get through, and I felt it talked down to me when it came to subjects I understand well, and at times I felt lost when it came to subjects I did not know a lot about beforehand.
However, it's comprehensive and detailed, with little author bias. Well worth a read if you want to get acquainted with a broad spectrum of political thought.
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Kymlicka provides a clear and concise overview of central themes in contemporary political philosophy. This book is excellent for those approaching the subject for the first time (e.g. at the undergraduate level), or those interested in returning back to the basics to remind oneself of the origins of the debates in the first place. Highly recommended.
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A very clearly written text which does what it says on the Can, it gives a very good account of issues relating to Political Philosophy.

Trevor Dunn (Cambridge)
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haven't used it all that much i cant really review it but my friend kept taking my copy to use and she got a 2:1 make of that what you will.
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