Top critical review
on 29 August 2017
I purchased this book as I have a roundabout knowledge of political philosophy, having read many of the authors, yet having basic gaps in my knowledge. The book is well written and informative. It should be noted however that, the author explicitly states he wishes to convince the reader of his own views, which are in the vein of British liberalism. This is fine, although I do think that at times, the author does not give a fair defence of views he disagrees with, though I would not necessarily say he constructs a straw man. For example, in the chapter on feminism and multiculturalism, the only philosopher referred to (bizarrely) is John Stuart Mill, everything else is sort of broad. ('they', 'them', 'feminists claim') Poor arguments are dismissed in a fairly unsatisfactory way. I do not consider myself strongly tied to either of these intellectual traditions but feel that I have heard better arguments the author chooses not to include. This occurs throughout, but I felt it was most pronounced in this chapter. Of course, this may be a problem of a book of this length that aims to give a whistle stop tour.
Overall, this is a good introduction to Political Philosophy, that engages the reader in a creative and non-technical way.