Minerva's Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought

Minerva's Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought

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by Jeffrey Abramson, Christopher Brellochs, Alannah Heather, Wallace Clement Sabine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674057023

ISBN-13: 9780674057029

Pub. Date: 09/30/2010

Publisher: Harvard

Informal in tone yet serious in content, this book serves as a lively and accessible guide for readers discovering the tradition of political thought that dates back to Socrates and Plato. Because the arguments of the great philosophers are nearly eternal, even those long schooled on politics will find that this book calls on recurring questions about morality and

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Informal in tone yet serious in content, this book serves as a lively and accessible guide for readers discovering the tradition of political thought that dates back to Socrates and Plato. Because the arguments of the great philosophers are nearly eternal, even those long schooled on politics will find that this book calls on recurring questions about morality and power, justice and war, the risk of democracy, the necessity for evil, the perils of tolerance, and the meaning of happiness. Jeffrey Abramson argues politics with the classic writers and draws the reader into a spirited conversation with contemporary examples that illustrate the enduring nature of political dilemmas. As the discussions deepen, the voices of Abramson’s own teachers, and of the students he has taught, enter into the mix, and the book becomes a tribute not just to the great philosophers but also to the special bond between teacher and student.

As Hegel famously noted, referring to the Roman goddess Minerva, her owl brought back wisdom only at dusk, when it was too late to shine light on actual politics. Abramson reminds us that there are real political problems to confront, and in a book filled with grace and passion, he captures just how exciting serious learning can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674057029
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: The Canon of Political Thought

  1. Plato’s Republic: The Debate over Justice Begins
  2. The Students Revolt against Utopia
  3. Out of the Cave and into the Light—and Back Again?
  4. Beyond Plato’s Tragic Republic
  5. Aristotle’s Ethics: The Habits of Virtue
  6. Aristotle’s Politics: Severed Hands and Political Animals
  7. Augustine and the Problem of Evil
  8. Machiavelli’s Dirty Hands
  9. Hobbes and the Kingdom of Means
  10. Locke, Liberalism, and the Possessive Life
  11. Rousseau and the Rustic
  12. Rousseau and the Political
  13. Kant’s Crooked Timber
  14. John Stuart Mill and the Demands of Individuality
  15. Hegel, Marx, and the Owl of Minerva
  16. The Revival of Political Theory

  • Conclusion: The Passion for Politics

  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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