Political Philosophy

Political Philosophy : The Essential Texts

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Ideal for survey courses in social and political philosophy, this volume is a substantially abridged and slightly altered version of Steven M. Cahn's Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy (OUP, 2001). Offering coverage from antiquity to the present, Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts is a historically organized collection of the most significant works from nearly 2,500 years of political philosophy. It moves from classical thought (Plato, Aristotle) through the medieval period (Aquinas) to modern perspectives (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Adam Smith, Hamilton and Madison, Kant). The book includes work from major nineteenth-century thinkers (Hegel, Marx and Engels, Mill) and twentieth-century theorists (Rawls, Nozick, Foucault, Habermas, Nussbaum) and also presents a variety of notable documents and addresses, including the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. The readings are substantial or complete texts, not fragments. An especially valuable feature of this volume is that the works of each author are introduced with an engaging essay by a leading contemporary authority.These introductions include Richard Kraut on Plato and Aristotle; Paul J. Weithman on Aquinas; Roger D. Masters on Machiavelli; Jean Hampton on Hobbes; A. John Simmons on Locke; Joshua Cohen on Rousseau and Rawls; Donald W. Livingston on Hume; Charles L. Griswold, Jr., on Adam Smith; Bernard E. Brown on Hamilton and Madison; Paul Guyer on Kant; Steven B. Smith on Hegel; Richard Miller on Marx and Engels; Jeremy Waldron on Mill; Thomas Christiano on Nozick; Thomas A. McCarthy on Foucault and Habermas; and Eva Feder Kittay on Nussbaum.show more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 861.82g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195177088
  • 9780195177084
  • 892,122

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"An excellent collection and a manageable size. The introductory essays are insightful and will help students gain access to the texts."--Michael J. O'Neill, Providence Collegeshow more

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* UNABRIDGED SELECTIONS; Preface; PLATO; Introduction, Richard Kraut; ARISTOTLE; Introduction, Richard Kraut; THOMAS AQUINAS; Introduction, Paul J. Weithman; NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI; Introduction, Roger D. Masters; THOMAS HOBBES; Introduction, Jean Hampton; JOHN LOCKE; Introduction, A. John Simmons; JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU; Introduction, Joshua Cohen; DAVID HUME; Introduction, Donald W. Livingston; ADAM SMITH; Introduction, Charles L. Griswold, Jr; ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND JAMES MADISON; Introduction, Bernard E. Brown; IMMANUEL KANT; Introduction, Paul Guyer; G.W.F. HEGEL; Introduction, Steven B. Smith; KARL MARX AND FRIEDRICH ENGELS; Introduction, Richard Miller; JOHN STUART MILL; Introduction, Jeremy Waldron; JOHN RAWLS; Introduction, Joshua Cohen; ROBERT NOZICK; Introduction, Thomas Christiano; MICHEL FOUCAULT; Introduction, Thomas A. McCarthy; JURGEN HABERMAS; Introduction, Thomas A. McCarthy; MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM; Introduction, Eva Feder Kittay; DOCUMENTS AND ADDRESSES; * THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; THE BILL OF RIGHTS; ABRAHAM LINCOLN; MARTIN LUTHER KING, JRshow more

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