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Moral and Political Philosophy

Key Issues, Concepts and Theories

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Paul Smith
    Pages 1-18
  3. Paul Smith
    Pages 19-32
  4. Paul Smith
    Pages 45-57
  5. Paul Smith
    Pages 58-74
  6. Paul Smith
    Pages 75-94
  7. Paul Smith
    Pages 95-112
  8. Paul Smith
    Pages 113-128
  9. Paul Smith
    Pages 129-142
  10. Paul Smith
    Pages 143-166
  11. Paul Smith
    Pages 167-184
  12. Paul Smith
    Pages 185-210
  13. Paul Smith
    Pages 211-214
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 215-254

About this book


A clear and concise introduction to moral and political philosophy which critically analyses arguments about controversial and topical practical issues – drug laws, justifications of punishment, civil disobedience, whether there is a duty to obey the law, and global poverty.


John Rawls law liberty moral philosophy morality philosophy political philosophy social justice Utilitarianism

About the authors

PAUL SMITHwas a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK.

Bibliographic information


'Moral and Political Philosophy is an excellent introductory text that will engage students in a refreshing way to a wide range of important topics.' - Thom Brooks, University of Newcastle, UK

'Paul Smith's excellent book offers concise but penetrating discussions of some of the central issues in moral and political philosophy. Smith provides an informative introduction to the main arguments, and it is clear that he knows the issues very well. Chapters can be treated as stand-alone discussions or combined to give a deeper understanding of how the issues connect. Overall this book is one that teachers and students will find very helpful.' - Christopher Bennett, University of Sheffield, UK