Author profile: James Wakefield

James Wakefield teaches political theory and intellectual history at Cardiff University and Swansea University. He is the author of Giovanni Gentile and the State of Contemporary Constructivism and co-editor, with Bruce Haddock, of Thought Thinking: The Philosophy of Giovanni Gentile. His research interests are in political and moral theory, and include the ethics of education, liberal perfectionism and the role of the emotions in reasoning.

Review – Distributive Justice Debates in Political and Social Thought

Review – Distributive Justice Debates in Political and Social Thought

While Boisen and Murray do not quite meet the aims they set themselves, their edited volume is a worthy and frequently suggestive contribution to modern political theory.

Review – Liberal Realism: a Realist Theory of Liberal Politics

Review – Liberal Realism: a Realist Theory of Liberal Politics

An engaging, perceptive and well-judged contribution which will give even those who disagree with the realist critique a reason to reflect on their own principles.

Student Book Features: Anarchist Political Theory

Student Book Features: Anarchist Political Theory

The arguments against politics and for anarchy presented in these two recently re-issued books are problematic. Nonetheless they cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Review – Modernism and Totalitarianism

Review – Modernism and Totalitarianism

Shorten’s case for considering totalitarianism a modern phenomenon is scholarly in the best sense, providing an insightful overview of the evidence and drawing a qualified conclusion.

Review – Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

Review – Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

In political theory, constructivism is probably best known from the work of John Rawls. The twelve essays included in Lenman and Shemmer’s new book show how far this provocative doctrine has been developed in recent years.

Review – Conscience: A Very Short Introduction

Review – Conscience: A Very Short Introduction

Paul Strohm’s ‘Conscience’ is at once an accessible, thought-provoking and often entertaining introduction to a controversial topic – a tour from the historic origins of the term right through to the present day.

Review – Beyond Consequentialism

Review – Beyond Consequentialism

Consequentialism is at once a provocative and problematic moral doctrine. Paul Hurley exposes the confusions and equivocations in its foundational assumptions.

Review – Foundations of Freedom

Review – Foundations of Freedom

Simon R. Clarke suggests that whatever our present convictions about the value of freedom, we have good reason to keep debating its uses and abuses. For that, this book deserves high praise.

Student Book Features: Four Ways into Political Philosophy

Student Book Features: Four Ways into Political Philosophy

Buying a good textbook to help navigate any subject is essential. Each of the texts discussed here brings students to the discipline via a different route.

Review – The Philosophy of Sociality

Review – The Philosophy of Sociality

Raimo Tuomela explicates the concept of “us” and what it means to act as group. What Tuomela does in this book is to examine an old idea and reveal what we understood by it all along.

Student Book Features: Two Global Politics Textbooks

Student Book Features: Two Global Politics Textbooks

Global political studies is a multi-faceted discipline encompassing IR, foreign policy, and domestic policy. To new students, it can be bewildering.

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