Participatory democracy is impractical, so most democracies are representative democracies. But should the representatives reflect the variety of those they represent? In particular, should there be roughly half women in a representative democracy? Anne Phillips of the LSE believes that there should be far more women acting as political representatives than there are at present. In this interview for Philosophy Bites she explains why.
Raymond Geuss wants political philosophers to focus on real politics. In this interview for Philosophy Bites he explains why he believes philosophers such as Robert Nozick and John Rawls were fundamentally misguided in the way they approached political philosophy. Geuss is in conversation with Nigel Warburton. The introduction is by David Edmonds.
In this episode of the podcast Philosophy BitesQuentin Skinner discusses Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince, one of the most notorious works of political philosophy. Skinner sets the book in its historical context and explains its key themes.
How can human lives be weighed one against each other? Is this even possible? John Broome who has a background in economics as well as in philosophy, discusses how governments should allocate scarce resources or make life and death decisions in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
Should minority groups such as recent immigrants be given rights that other citizens don't have? Will Kymlicka believes that they should. The difficulty of reconciling apparently preferential treatment with a policy of equality is a central one for anyone committed to multiculturalism. He addresses this important issue in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
What are the limits of expression in a civilized society? T. M. Scanlon addresses this question in this bonus episode which was produced in association with The Open University and originally appeared on Ethics Bites. A transcript of this interview is available from www.open2.net/ethicsbites/.
Jonathan Wolff, author of Why Read Marx Today? and the very popular An Introduction to Political Philosophy, explains what Karl Marx meant by alienated labour. He also sheds light on Marx's controversial vision of what non-alienated labour would be like.