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Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction Paperback – 13 Sep 2002
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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 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.
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.
Trevor Dunn (Cambridge)
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Having been so unfortunate to get this book in my reading material. I would like to say how unnecessarily pretentious the authors use of vocabulary is. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by Jay8533