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Pettit, Philip 1945-

Works: 123 works in 653 publications in 5 languages and 17,872 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: JA71, 320.01
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Most widely held works about Philip Pettit
Most widely held works by Philip Pettit
A Companion to contemporary political philosophy by Thomas Pogge( Book )
66 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 1,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Political philosophy has become an active and central area of research in the past two or three decades. The editors have taken a broad view of the range of issues that are relevant to political philosophy, and the Companion covers the contributions of economics, history, law, political science and sociology as well as philosophy - analytic and continental. In general, political philosophers are not just interested in the routines that govern politics but also in the various systems which politics may be used to shape. They are concerned with all the institutions that help to determine what John Rawls describes as the 'basic structure' of society. To provide a comprehensive guide to current thinking in political philosophy, Robert Goodin and Philip Pettit have divided the book into three parts: Disciplinary Contributions, Major Ideologies and Special Topics. In addition, the Companion's 41 chapters have been contributed by some of today's most distinguished academics, drawn from several different disciplines. The first part of the book consists of a series of extended essays on the contribution that a number of different disciplines have made and are making to current debates. Analyses of political ideologies form the next section, followed by discussions of major concepts ranging from virtue and equality to sociobiology and environmentalism that form the subject matter of philosophical debate
Republicanism a theory of freedom and government by Philip Pettit( )
44 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 1,873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the first full-length presentation of a republican alternative to the liberal and communitarian theories that have dominated political philosophy in recent years. Professor Pettit's eloquent and compelling account opens with an examination of the traditional republican conception of freedom as non-domination, contrasting this with established negative and positive views of liberty. The first part of the book traces the rise and decline of this conception, displays its many attractions and makes a case for why it should still be regarded as a central political ideal. The second part of the book looks at what the implementation of the ideal would imply for substantive policy-making, constitutional and democratic design, regulatory control and the relation between state and civil society
Made with words Hobbes on language, mind, and politics by Philip Pettit( )
19 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hobbes's extreme political views have commanded so much attention that they have eclipsed his work on language and mind, and on reasoning, personhood, and group formation. But this work is of immense interest in itself, as Philip Pettit shows in Made with Words, and it critically shapes Hobbes's political philosophy. Pettit argues that it was Hobbes, not later thinkers like Rousseau, who invented the invention of language thesis--the idea that language is a cultural innovation that transformed the human mind. The invention, in Hobbes's story, is a double-edged sword. It enables human beings to reason, commit themselves as persons, and incorporate in groups. But it also allows them to agonize about the future and about their standing relative to one another; it takes them out of the Eden of animal silence and into a life of inescapable conflict--the state of nature. Still, if language leads into this wasteland, according to Hobbes, it can also lead out. It can enable people to establish a commonwealth where the words of law and morality have a common, enforceable sense, and where people can invoke the sanctions of an absolute sovereign to give their words to one another in credible commitment and contract. --From publisher's description
A political philosophy in public life civic republicanism in Zapatero's Spain by José Luis Martí( )
17 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book examines an unlikely development in modern political philosophy: the adoption by a major national government of the ideas of a living political theorist. When José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero became Spain's opposition leader in 2000, he pledged that if his socialist party won power he would govern Spain in accordance with the principles laid out in Philip Pettit's 1997 book Republicanism, which presented, as an alternative to liberalism and communitarianism, a theory of freedom and government based on the idea of nondomination. When Zapatero was elected President in 2004, he invited Pettit to Spain to give a major speech about his ideas. Zapatero also invited Pettit to monitor Spanish politics and deliver a kind of report card before the next election. Pettit did so, returning to Spain in 2007 to make a presentation in which he gave Zapatero's government a qualified thumbs-up for promoting republican ideals. In this book, Pettit and José Luis Martí provide the historical background to these unusual events, explain the principles of civic republicanism in accessible terms, present Pettit's report and his response to some of its critics, and include an extensive interview with Zapatero himself. In addition, the authors discuss what is required of a political philosophy if it is to play the sort of public role that civic republicanism has been playing in Spain. An important account of a rare and remarkable encounter between contemporary political philosophy and real-world politics, this is also a significant work of political philosophy in its own right
The concept of structuralism : a critical analysis by Philip Pettit( Book )
22 editions published between 1965 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rawls : a theory of justice and its critics by Chandran Kukathas( Book )
25 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The common mind : an essay on psychology, society, and politics by Philip Pettit( Book )
28 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What makes human beings intentional and thinking subjects? How does their intentionality and thought connect with their social nature and their communal experience? How do the answers to these questions shape legitimate assumptions in social explanation and political evaluation? In this innovative study, Philip Pettit addresses these broad-ranging issues and defends a connected set of responses. The book argues for an original way of distinguishing thinking subjects, in particular human beings, from other intentional systems, natural and artificial. It defends the holistic view that human thought requires communal resources while denying that this social connection compromises the autonomy of individuals. And, in developing the significance of this view of social subjects - this holistic individualism - it outlines a novel framework for social and political theory. Within this framework, social theory is allowed to follow a number of paths: Space is found for intentional interpretation and decision-theoretic reconstruction as well as for structural explanation and rational choice derivation. But political theory is treated less ecumenically. The framework raises serious questions about contractarian and atomistic modes of thought and it points the way to a republican rethinking of liberal commitments. Designed to be accessible to readers in a number of disciplines and on the student as well as professional level, The Common Mind will interest philosophers as well as political scientists, economists, sociologists, cognitive scientists, and scholars of law
The economy of esteem : an essay on civil and political society by Geoffrey Brennan( Book )
29 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Annotation However much people want esteem, it is an untradable commodity: there is no way that I can buy the good opinion of another or sell to others my good opinion of them. But though it is a non-tradable good, esteem is allocated in society according to systematic determinants; people's performance, publicity, and presentation relative to others will help to fix how much esteem they enjoy and how much disesteem they avoid. The fact that it is subject to such determinants means in turn that rational individuals are bound to compete with one another, however tacitly, in the attempt to control those influences, increasing their chances of winning esteem and avoiding disesteem. And the fact that they all compete for esteem in this way shapes the environment in which they each pursue the good, setting relevant comparators and benchmarks, and determining the cost that a person must bear -- the price that they must pay -- for obtaining a given level of esteem in any domain of activity. Hidden in the multifarious interactions and exchanges of social life, then, there is a quiet force at work -- a force as silent and powerful as gravity -- which moulds the basic form of people's relationships and associations. This force was more or less routinely invoked in the writings of classical theorists like Aristotle and Plato, Locke and Montesquieu, Mandeville and Hume and Madison. Sometimes it was invoked to explain why people behaved as they did, sometimes to identify initiatives wherebythey might be persuaded to behave better. Although Adam Smith himself gave it great credence, however, the rise of economics proper coincided with a sudden decline in the attention devoted to the economy of esteem. What had been a topic of compelling interest for earlier authors fell into relative neglect throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This book is designed to reverse the trend. It begins by outlining the psychology of esteem and the way the working of that psychology cangive rise to an economy. It then shows how a variety of social patterns that are otherwise anomalous come to make a lot of sense within an economics of esteem. And it looks, finally, at the ways in which the economy of esteem may be reshaped so as to make for an improvement -- by reference to received criteria - in overall social outcomes. While making connections with older patterns of social theorising, it offers a novel orientation for contemporary thought about how society works and how it may be made to work. It puts the economy of esteem firmly on the agenda of economic and social science and of moral and political theory
Action and interpretation : studies in the philosophy of the social sciences by Christopher Hookway( Book )
10 editions published between 1977 and 1980 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contemporary political philosophy : an anthology by Robert E Goodin( Book )
27 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Judging justice : an introduction to contemporary political philosophy by Philip Pettit( Book )
12 editions published between 1980 and 1984 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Not just deserts : a republican theory of criminal justice by John Braithwaite( Book )
28 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Arguing for a radical shift in the research agenda of criminology, this monograph offers a comprehensive theory of criminal justice which draws on a philosophical view of the good and the right, and which points the way to practical intervention in the real world of incremental reform
A theory of freedom : from the psychology to the politics of agency by Philip Pettit( Book )
21 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and Portuguese and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is unique among contemporary approaches - although it is true to the spirit of classical writers like Hobbes and Kant - in seeking a theory that applies to psychological issues of free agency and free will as well as to political issues in the theory of the free state and the free constitution. The driving thesis is that it is only by connecting up the different issues of freedom, psychological and political, that we can fully appreciate the nature of the questions involved, and the requirements for their resolution. The book does not seek a comprehensive reach just for its own sake, but rather for the sake of the illumination it provides." "A Theory of Freedom is a volume which will be of interest to scholars and students in philosophy, jurisprudence and political theory."--Jacket
Subject, thought, and context ( Book )
12 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Semantics and social science by Graham Macdonald( Book )
17 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rules, reasons, and norms : selected essays by Philip Pettit( Book )
26 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author draws together his essays on three subjects to which he has made contributions: the rule-following character of thought; how choice can be responsive to different sorts of factors; and the implications of this view of choice and rationality for normative regulation of social behaviour
Three methods of ethics : a debate by Marcia Baron( Book )
19 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Good polity : normative analysis of the state by Philip Pettit( Book )
17 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Group agency : the possibility, design, and status of corporate agents by Christian List( Book )
18 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Are companies, churches, and states genuine agents? How do we explain their behaviour? Can we treat them as accountable for their actions? List and Pettit offer arguments, grounded in work on social choice, economics, and philosophy, to show there really are group agents, over and above the individual agents who compose them
Just freedom : a moral compass for a complex world by Philip Pettit( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Overview: An esteemed philosopher offers a vision for the central role of one of our most cherished-and controversial-ideas. In this rigorous distillation of his political philosophy, Philip Pettit, author of the landmark work Republicanism, champions a simple standard for our most complex political judgments, offering a challenging ideal that nevertheless holds out a real prospect for social and democratic progress. Whereas many thinkers define freedom as the absence of interference-we are left alone to do as we please-Pettit demands that in their basic life choices free persons should not even be subject to a power of interference on the part of others. This notion of freedom as non-domination offers a yardstick for gauging social and democratic progress and provides a simple, unifying standard for analyzing our most entangled political quandaries. Pettit reaffirms the ideal, already present in the Roman Republic, of a free citizenry who enjoy equal status with one another, being individually protected by a law that they together control. After sketching a fresh history of freedom, he turns to the implications of the ideal for social, democratic, and international justice. Should the state erect systems for delivering mandatory healthcare coverage to its citizens? Should voting be a citizen's only means of influencing political leaders? Are the demands of the United Nations to be heeded when they betray the sovereignty of the state? Pettit shows how these and other questions should be resolved within a civic republican perspective. Concise and elegant in its rhetoric and ultimately radical in its reimagining of our social arrangements, Just Freedom is neither a theoretical treatise nor a practical manifesto, but rather an ardent attempt to elaborate the demands of freedom and justice in our time
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Pettit, Philip Noel 1945-
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