Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts / Edition 1

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"Now greatly expanded in its second edition, Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts is ideal for survey courses in social and political philosophy. Offering coverage from antiquity to the present, this historically organized collection presents the most significant works from nearly 2,500 years of political philosophy. It moves from classical thought (Plato, Aristotle) through the medieval period (Augustine, Aquinas) to modern perspectives (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, 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, Charles Taylor, Foucault, Habermas, Virginia Held) and also presents a variety of notable documents and addresses, including The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and speeches by Pericles, Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The readings are substantial or complete texts, not fragments. In addition to the new selections noted above in bold, the second edition also includes more material from Aristotle, Locke, Hume, Smith, Hamilton and Madison, Kant, and Mill." 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. Weichman on Augustine and 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 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: Robert B. Talisse on Taylor; Thomas A. McCarthy on Foucault and Habermas; and Cheshire Calhoun on Held.

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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 College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195177084
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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The City University of New York Graduate Center
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Defence of Socrates 5
Crito 22
Republic 31
Introduction 129
Politics 133
Introduction 169
Summa theologiae 173
Introduction 185
The prince 188
Discourses 202
Introduction 214
Leviathan 217
Introduction 243
Second treatise of government 246
Introduction 274
Discourse on the origin of inequality 278
Of the social contract 293
Introduction 321
Of the original contract 325
Introduction 331
The wealth of nations 334
Introduction 350
The federalist papers 354
Introduction 376
Perpetual peace 379
Introduction 389
Philosophy of right 392
Introduction to the philosophy of history 397
Introduction 406
Economic and philosophic manuscripts of 1844 410
The German ideology 417
Manifesto of the Communist Party 423
A contribution to the critique of political economy 435
Introduction 436
On liberty 438
Introduction 472
A theory of justice 477
Introduction 492
Anarchy, State, and Utopia 495
Introduction 508
Power/knowledge 511
Introduction 524
Three normative models of democracy 527
On the internal relation between the rule of law and democracy 534
Introduction 541
The feminist critique of liberalism 545
The declaration of independence 571
The bill of rights 573
Gettsyburg address 574
Second inaugural address 575
Letter from a Birmingham city jail 576
The march on Washington address 586
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