Political Philosophy

Political Philosophy : From Plato to Mao

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--A revised and expanded edition of this acclaimed introduction to political thought--'Reliable and fair... Clear, relaxed, jargon-free and often attractively witty.' The Philosopher'A handbook of the history of political philosophy.' CHOICE"The central advantages of this book are undoubtedly its lucidity, range and unorthodox approach. ... This wide range is covered with surprising agility and clarity. The book offers an engaging account of political philosophy where great schools of thought are audaciously summarised in a paragraph or two." Times Higher Education SupplementGuiding the reader through the key arguments of the classic figures of Western political philosophy, from Plato through to the modern era, this revised edition includes new essays on Aristotle's 'Politics', Confucianism, Islamic social philosophy and Nazism, as well as additional material on 'Roman Law', Anarchism and 'anti-capitalism'.Cohen moves chronologically through the development of political philosophy. He presents key texts in their own terms, before offering short, precise analyses of their strengths, weaknesses and influence. The book finishes with a discussion of modern liberalism and conservatism.Providing both a broad overview and precise summaries of key ideas, this is an invaluable guide for all students of political thought.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 137.16 x 215.9 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745324711
  • 9780745324715

About Martin Cohen

Martin Cohen is author of a number of popular books combining philosophy with politics and social science. 101 Philosophy Problems and 101 Ethical Dilemmas have both been translated into 15 languages and several editions. His most recent books include The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics (2006) and No Holiday: 80 Places You Don't Want to Visit.show more

Table of contents

Note to the Second Edition Introduction Context: The Story of Human Society 1. Plato's Vegetarian Republic Key Text: Republic 2. Confucius's Polite Society Key Text: Analects 3. Aristotle and the Hierarchy of Nature Key Text: Politics 4. Mohammed's Message of Doom Key Text: Koran 5. Machiavelli's Psychopathic State Key text: Discourses 6. Hobbes' Wicked World Key Text: Leviathan 7. Locke's Feudal Freedom Key Text: Essay Concerning the True, Original Extent and End of Civil Government 8. Rousseau's Ode to Liberty Key Text: Discourse on Inequality 9. The Founding Fathers' Constitutional Recipe Key Texts: The U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence 10. Mr Smith's Excellent Inquiry into Money Key Text: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations 11. Marx's Messianic Materialism Key Text: The Communist Manifesto 12. Mill's Optimistic Liberalism Key text: The Principles of Political Economy] 13. Durkheim's Strange Science Key text: Social Rituals and Sacred Objects 14. The Philosophical Dance with Fascism Key Text: The Doctrines and Institutions of Fascism, by Benito Mussolini 15. Hitler's Doctrine of Hate Key text: Mein Kampf 16. Mao's Little Red Book Key text: The Red Book Epilogue: Karl Popper and the search for the End of History References and Sources for Further Reading Indexshow more

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'Offers a broad sweep across the history of political thought starting with Plato's Republic and ending with Mao's Little Red Book. This wide range is covered with surprising agility and clarity' -- Times Higher Education Supplement 'Clear, relaxed, jargon-free and often witty' -- The Philosophershow more

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