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Uvod u političku filozofiju

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Knjiga Jonathana Wolffa daje pristupačan uvod u disciplinu objašnjavajući temeljne pojmove i iznoseći glavna stajališta klasičnih i suvremenih teorija političke filozofije. U šest poglavlja knjige autor jasno i argumentirano razmatra ključna pitanja političke filozofije kao što je pitanje može li se opravdati postojanje države, koji je legitiman oblik vlasti, koju ulogu im ...more
192 pages
Published 2011 by Hrvatski studiji Sveučilišta (first published 1996)
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This book possesses a virtue I greatly appreciate in non-fiction that purports to teach me something; it is written in a measured and qualified style. Wolff introduces the key points of political philosophy from Locke, Rousseau, Hobbes, and so on whilst also recognising the lack of conclusive answers within the discipline. The book is structured around simple yet impossible questions like who should rule and are there such things as natural rights. It provides a useful, accessible, and brief int ...more
Nathan Bonney
A while I went looking for a good introduction to political philosophy and eventually found Jonathan Wolff’s “An Introduction to Political Philosophy”, a clear and well-written book I definitely recommend reading. It consist of six chapters which cover the central questions or themes in political philosophy: The State of Nature, Justifying the State, Who Should Rule?, The Place of Liberty, The Distribution of Property, and Individualism, Justice, Feminism. From this book I learned about the diff ...more
A very interesting and accessible introductory work. The book not only gives an overview of the powerhouses of political philosophy (Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke etc) and their landmark theories, but posses many questions about the state, justice and rights, etc to the reader, which I myself had previously never considered.
Jacob Thorington
Very good intro to political philosophy. It's got a great deal of good material. Sadly, there's no Thomas Paine. :(
I read parts of this book a few years ago for a political philosophy course I was doing at the time and found it very lucid and easy to read. When I later found it going cheap(ish) in a second hand bookshop I nabbed it without hesitation, even though the course was long finished. I'm a politics geek in any event, but I had never seriously considered the philosophy underpinning it before that course, and in this book, Wolff goes through that philosophy step by step.

He starts by suggesting that we
William Kiely
Jonathan Wolff's "An Introduction to Political Philosophy" was the best of the four books that were assigned for my freshman history of ideas course in college. I especially liked how each chapter was about a different fundamental question in political philosophy. If nothing else, readers learn what important questions they should be asking.

One criticism of the book is that the first chapter on "The State of Nature" only considers the views of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. As a libertarian anarch
Leon M
Ok, second reading. What follows is more of a synopsis than a review - for the review, scroll down to my first reading!

- The State of Nature -
The contemporary state claims the right to command its citizens in a variety of ways. What would life be like in a society without such a state?
Hobbes idea was that an absence of government would inevitably result in civil war. Human beings are constantly strifing for felicity. In order to achieve felicity, they have to gain power: But power can only b
I picked up this book because so much of my work and research keeps bumping me up against issue of democracy and political philosophy. So I wanted to step back and get an overview. This book did a good job of doing that. The author, a British political philosopher, walks the reader through the basic philosophical questions of the the role of the state, the nature of power, the role of liberty, the concept of justice and how they all fit together. In the process he touches on all the major politi ...more
Hamad Al-adwani
Very good summery of the main western political philosophers writings and thoughts.
The only thing I'm not sure about is the structure of the book and the logic beyond it !
Buen libro para como dice su título, introducirnos a la filosofía política y que resulte interesante.
excellent read for undergraduates. Highly recommended
Aug 28, 2007 Dra. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: philosophy
Beginning with Plato and ending with Rawls, the entire spectrum of western political thought is made accessible, amusing and thus definitely readable. We discover that all the talk today about “democracy”, “liberty” and “freedom” often originates in the retrospective thoughts of philosophers who had seen too much of human nature.
A good overview of central issues in the field. I like that it's divided into major themes rather than 'views' but it's not as richly argued as the Kymlicka Contemporary Political Philosophy.
As an introduction (which this book is intended to be), it does a marvelous job in both providing the basics and a base for further exploration of major ideas of philosophy.
An easy to read, concise, and enjoyable introduction. Fantastic for those who need a quick reference guide to some of the greatest thinkers in political philosophy.
Easy to read.
Sparked many thoughts.
Enlightened many random conversations.
What more could one want in a philosophy book?
Gerard Walsh
Good introduction to common political concepts, their origins and context.
A re-read from a few years back for my part. Great and very instructive!
I suppose this makes me a geek that I really enjoyed this class.
Great starting point for people interested in philosophy.
An excellent introduction to the subject.
Louise H
Helpful, to say the least. I didn't read it all.
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Jonathan Wolff is a Professor specialising in political philosophy at University College London, in England. Wolff earned his MPhil from UCL under the direction of G.A. Cohen. He is the secretary of the British Philosophical Association and honorary secretary of the Aristotelian Society, which publishes Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. Recently, Wolff's work has specialized in disadvantage ...more
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