Princeton Readings in Political Thought: Essential Texts since Plato / Edition 1

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Princeton Readings in Political Thought is one of the most engaging and up-to-date samplers of the standard works of Western political thinking from antiquity through modern times. Organized chronologically, from Thucydides to Foucault, the book brings together forty-four selections of enduring intellectual value--key articles, book excerpts, essays, and speeches--that have shaped our understanding of Western society and politics. Readers will find this work to be an invaluable reference, and they will enjoy not only the varied selections but also the lucid introductions to each historical era and the brief sketches of each thinker.

The book includes the writings of many of the most distinguished observers of the Western experience from classical times (Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero), the Middle Ages (St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Christine de Pizan), modern times (Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Adam Smith, The Federalist Papers, "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen," Burke, Marie-Olympes de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, Bentham, Mill, de Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche), or the ideas of twentieth-century political philosophers and ideologists (Weber, Mosca, Michels, Lenin, Freud, Emma Goldman, Mussolini, Arendt, Orwell, de Beauvoir, Fanon, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Leo Strauss, Walzer, Rawls, Nozick, Habermas, and Foucault).

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Times
Critics might question putting the work of Plato and Malcolm X together between the same covers, but the contrast simply suggests the wide range of thinkers one finds in this collection. Plato, Thucydides, St. Augustine, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, Frantz Fanon, Leo Strauss, Max Weber: All and many more can be found here, represented by substantial excerpts from their most characteristic and important writings.
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"Critics might question putting the work of Plato and Malcolm X together between the same covers, but the contrast simply suggests the wide range of thinkers one finds in this collection. Plato, Thucydides, St. Augustine, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, Frantz Fanon, Leo Strauss, Max Weber: All and many more can be found here, represented by substantial excerpts from their most characteristic and important writings."--The Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691036892
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 211,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitchell Cohen is professor of Political Science at Baruch College and the Graduate School of City University of New York and coeditor of "Disent" magazine. He is the author of "The Wager of Lucien Goldmann" (Princeton) and of "Zion and State". Nicole Fermon is Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University and the author of the forthcoming "The Political Education of Sentiment: Rousseau's Teaching on Women and the State."
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Table of Contents

Thinking Politically: An Introduction 1
1 Thucydides
Pericles' Funeral Oration 13
2 Plato
The Apology 19
The Republic 39
3 Aristotle
The Politics 107
4 Cicero
On The Republic 124
5 St. Augustine
City of God 133
6 St. Thomas Aquinas
Politics and Law 144
7 Christine de Pizan
The Book of the City of Ladies 153
8 Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince 167
Discourses on Livy 188
9 Martin Luther
The Christian in Society 194
10 John Calvin
God and Political Duty 200
11 Thomas Hobbes
Leviathan 205
12 John Locke
Second Treatise of Government 243
13 Jean-Jacques Rousseau
On the Social Contract 280
Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men 293
14 Adam Smith
The Wealth of Nations 314
15 Publius
The Federalist Papers 335
16 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen 347
17 Edmund Burke
Reflections on the Revolution in France 349
18 Marie-Olympes de Gouges
Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizens 356
19 Mary Wollstonecraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 362
20 Jeremy Bentham
An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation 371
21 John Stuart Mill
On Liberty 375
On the Subjection of Women 388
22 Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America 398
23 G. W. F. Hegel
Philosophy of Right 425
24 Karl Marx
A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy 435
Estranged Labour 438
The Communist Manifesto 448
After the Revolution 464
Capital 465
25 Friedrich Nietzsche
On the Genealogy of Morals 467
26 Max Weber
Politics as a Vocation 499
27 Gaetano Mosca
The Ruling Class 512
28 Robert Michels
Political Parties 524
29 V. I. Lenin
What Is to Be Done? 530
The State and Revolution 534
30 Sigmund Freud
Civilization and Its Discontents 544
Totem and Taboo 551
Why War? 556
31 Emma Goldman
Victims of Morality 566
32 Benito Mussolini
Fascism 571
33 Hannah Arendt
The Origins of Totalitarianism 575
34 George Orwell
Politics and the English Language 591
35 Simone de Beauvoir
The Second Sex 601
36 Frantz Fanon
The Wretched of the Earth 615
37 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail 623
38 Malcolm X
The Ballot or the Bullet 636
39 Leo Strauss
What Is Political Philosophy? 642
40 Michael Walzer
In Defense of Equality 656
41 John Rawls
A Theory of Justice 669
42 Robert Nozick
Anarchy, State and Utopia 698
43 Jurgen Habermas
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