ABSTRACT

Talking Politics is a philosophical examination of some of the basic concepts of political discourse. Its primary focus is on the ordinary; on what is said by politicians, in newspapers and by people in pubs, rather than on the works of political theorists. This is a work of, but not on political theory.
Talking Politics is:

* Invaluable as a source of reference for students, and contains a detailed index

* Arranged thematically, around topics such as `Nation'. Each entry has copious cross-references and suggestions for further reading

A. W. Sparkes is uniquely qualified to write such a book, combining some thirty years' teaching as a philosopher with wide experience of, and a life-long fascination with, politics. His attitude is that of a critical, but uncynical, observer.

chapter 1|11 pages

Hunting the wild concept

chapter 2|39 pages

Humpty Dumpty and various social objects

chapter 5|21 pages

Loyalties and unities

chapter 6|19 pages

Interests

chapter 7|11 pages

Nation

chapter 8|20 pages

The people, democracy, populism

chapter 9|16 pages

Morality and politics

chapter 11|28 pages

Time, change, continuity

chapter 12|20 pages

Identity, etc.