"Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy" provides the major writings from nearly 2,500 years of political philosophy and supplements them with relevant works of ethical theory. The most comprehensive collection of its kind, it moves from classical thought (Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Cicero) through medieval views (Augustine, Aquinas) to modern theories (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Hume, Kant). It includes major nineteenth-century thinkers(Hegel, Bentham, Mill, Nietzsche) as well as twentieth-century theorists (Rawls, Nozick, Nagel, Foucault, Habermas, Nussbaum). The appendix contains numerous essays from "The Federalist" and a variety of notable documents and addresses, among them Pericles's Funeral Oration, The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and speeches by Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Dewey, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The readings are substantial or complete texts, not fragments.
A unique feature of this volume is that it precedes each author's writings with an introductory essay written by a leading authority, including Richard Kraut on Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and Cicero; Joshua Cohen on Rousseau and Rawls; A. John Simmons on Locke; Paul Guyer on Kant; Jeremy Waldron on Bentham and Mill; Richard Schacht on Nietzsche; Thomas A. McCarthy on Foucault and Habermas, and many more. Offering unprecedented breadth of coverage, "Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy" is an ideal text for courses in political/social philosophy and moral philosophy.show more