Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit
Chapter 9: Political philosophy: an evolutionary perspective
This chapter seeks several objectives. First, to suggest an answer to the most important question in political philosophy: ‘What is the nature of political man?’. Second, to account for the rarity of democratic polities in history and the fact that even today, in the so-called ‘Age of Democracy’, they remain a minority form of government. Third, to identify the unique human attributes which, given the requisite conjunction of ‘enabling’ social, economic and political conditions, make democracy sometime possible. And fourth, to discuss how an ‘evolutionary’ perspective can expand both our discipline’s research horizons and its methodological armory.
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