Social and Political Philosophy for the Perplexed
A Basic Introduction to Political Philosophy
Political philosophy is a branch of philosophy that attempts to answer fundamental questions about political societies.
Such questions include but not limited to: How does a state originate? Who should rule? What is the best form of government? What are rights? This book approaches the subject of political philosophy from both a historical and thematic perspective .The book examines primary texts in order to discover how various philosophers answered these questions.
The philosophers we will examine include: Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, John Rawls, Robert Nozick and Martha Nussbaum.The book also looks at themes such as; rights, freedoms and capabilities.
Kizito Michael George lectures Philosophy, Gender and Human Rights in Makerere University Department of Philosophy.
He is the Programmes Manager of Makerere Centre for Applied Ethics.
He holds a BA and an Mphil.
He is currently writing his PhD on: Pro-Poor Empowerment and the Ethics of Poverty Policy Discourse.