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Zenon Stavrinides...something of a stylistic achievement: clear, relaxed, jargon-free and often attractively witty.
— The Philospher
Guiding 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 presenting it as a series of "key texts", which (after setting in context) he allows to speak 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 guide will be invaluable for all students of political thought.
Note to the Second Edition
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 Li