Philosophy and Political Engagement

Reflection in the Public Sphere

  • Allyn Fives
  • Keith Breen

Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Allyn Fives, Keith Breen
    Pages 1-4
  3. Practical Ethics

  4. Ethical Commitment and Political Engagement

  5. The Justification of Power and Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Philip Pettit
      Pages 187-199
    3. Allen W. Wood
      Pages 201-219
    4. Felix Ó Murchadha
      Pages 245-262
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-275

About this book


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.


Ethics Philosophy Power Abortion Rights Practical Ethics Violence Embryology Assisted Suicide Public Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Allyn Fives
    • 1
  • Keith Breen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political Science & SociolNational University of Ireland, GalwaySeershin , GalwayIreland
  2. 2.Sch Politics, Intl StudiesQueen's University BelfastBelfastUnited Kingdom

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