Political Philosophy: From Plato to Mao / Edition 1

Political Philosophy: From Plato to Mao / Edition 1

by Martin Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745316034

ISBN-13: 9780745316031

Pub. Date: 07/20/2001

Publisher: Pluto Press

This accessible introduction to political philosophy explores the history of ideas and ways of thinking about society over the centuries, as part of a broader, historical narrative. Martin Cohen provides an overview of the work of the major political philosophers, from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance thinkers, the English liberals and the Continental radicals.

Overview

This accessible introduction to political philosophy explores the history of ideas and ways of thinking about society over the centuries, as part of a broader, historical narrative. Martin Cohen provides an overview of the work of the major political philosophers, from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance thinkers, the English liberals and the Continental radicals. Cohen sets each theory within its social context and provides a detailed account of the key texts, and an assessment of their influence. He concludes with an analysis of Chinese Marxism and the Maoist legacy and brings the narrative up to date with a discussion of Western capitalism and the Third Way. Arranged chronologically, the book includes concise summaries of key ideas and reading, and each chapter is prefaced by a timeline of significant events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745316031
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
07/20/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
'How To' Guidex
Introduction1
Prologue: The Story of Human Society4
Timeline: Prehistory to Plato13
1Plato's Utopia15
Key Text: Republic
Timeline: 300 BC to AD 151331
2Niccolo Machiavelli and the Psychology of the State33
Key text: Discourses
Timeline: 1516 to 165147
3Hobbes' Wicked World49
Key Text: Leviathan
Timeline: 1653 to 169565
4John Locke: The True End of Civil Government66
Key Text: Essay Concerning the True, Original Extent and End of Civil Government
Timeline: 1703 to 176581
5Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Inequality or Freedom?82
Key Text: Discourse on Inequality
Timeline: 1752 to 177697
6Adam Smith's Inquiry into the Wealth of Nations98
Key Text: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Timeline: 1780 to 1805113
7Marx and Engels: The Communist Manifesto115
Key Text: The Communist Manifesto
Timeline: 1806 to 1848129
8The Principles of Political Economy: J.S. Mill and the Limits of Government131
Key text: The Principles of Political Economy
Timeline: 1851 to 1899143
9Positivism and the Science of Society: Emile Durkheim and Max Weber145
Key text: Social Rituals and Sacred Objects
Timeline: 1903 to 1919161
10Behold the Man! The Deceptive Appeal of Power: Hegel, Nietzsche and the Fascists162
Key text: Ecce Homo
Timeline: 1920 to 1945179
11Mao's Little Red Book182
Key text: The Red Book
Timeline: 1945 to 1969207
12The End of History?209
References and Sources for Further Reading223
Some Internet Sources233
Index235

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