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    DescriptionBoth a history and an examination of human thought and behavior spanning three thousand years, On Politics thrillingly traces the origins of political philosophy from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli in Book I and from Hobbes to the present age in Book II. Whether examining Lord Acton s dictum that absolute power corrupts absolutely or explicating John Stuart Mill s contention that it is better to be a human dissatisfied than a pig satisfied, Alan Ryan evokes the lives and minds of our greatest thinkers in a way that makes reading about them a transcendent experience. Whether writing about Plato or Augustine, de Toqueville or Thomas Jefferson, Ryan brings a wisdom to his text that illuminates John Dewey s belief that the role of philosophy is less to see truth than to enhance experience. With this unparalleled tour de force, Ryan emerges in his own right as one of the most influential political philosophers of our time."

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    On Politics
    A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Ryan
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 1152
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Thickness: 90 mm
    Weight: 2,096 g
    ISBN 13: 9780871404657
    ISBN 10: 0871404656

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    DC22: 320.01
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 610
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000, HIS016000
    B&T Approval Code: A10170000, A10200000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC23: 320.09
    LC classification: JA71 .R93 2012
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/POLTAS
    Thema V1.0: QDTS, JPA, NHAH
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    18 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Starting with Herodotus and concluding with current debates over the environment and humanitarian intervention, Alan Ryan covers an extraordinary range of material with fluency and wisdom As an accessible introduction to the nature of political thought as well as a guide to what is greatest exponents have argued, On Politics could scarcely be bettered. On Politics is an outstanding and original work. --Oliver Kamm"