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This anthology, with general and reading-specific introductions by the editor, puts the historical development of Western social and political philosophy into both feminist and multicultural perspectives. Each of the book's sections provides a basic foundation of classic Western readings, followed by articles with feminist and multicultural perspectives.
Receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, James P. Sterba has gone on to publish (either as author or editor) many notable books, textbooks, and scholarly articles in the fields of ethics and social and political philosophy. He currently teaches at the University of Notre Dame.
General Introduction. I. PLATO. Introduction. Plato, The Republic. Lynda Lange, "The Function of Equal Education in Plato'''s Republic". Confucius, The Analects. Recommended Readings. II. ARISTOTLE AND MARSONIUS RUFUS. Introduction. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle, The Politics. Marsonius Rufus, Discourses. Elizabeth Spelman, "Aristotle and the Politicization of the Soul". Ewe Proverbs. Recommended Readings. III. AUGUSTINE AND CHRISTINE DE PUZAN. Introduction. Augustine, The City of God. Augustine, The Confessions. Christine de Puzan, The Book of the City of Ladies. Feminist Perspective: Rosemarie Radford Ruether, "Misogynism and Virginal Feminism in Augustine". Multicultural Perspective: Jorge Valadez, "Pre-Columbian Philosophical Perspectives". Recommended Readings. IV. AQUINAS. Introduction. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica. Thomas Aquinas, On Kingship. Marie le Jars de Gournay, "The Equality of Men and Women". Maimonides, Guide of the Perplexed. Recommended Readings. V. HOBBES. Introduction. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan. Carole Pateman, "Hobbes, Patriarchy and Conjugal Right." Bartolome de Las Casas, The Devastation of the Indies. Recommended Readings. VI. LOCKE. Introduction. John Locke, Two Treatises on Government. Lorenne Clark, "Women and John Locke; or, Who Owns the Apples in the Garden of Eden?". Tecumseh, "We Must be United". Recommended Readings. VII. ROUSSEAU. Introduction. Jean Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality. Jean Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract. Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Ward Churchill, "Perversions of Justice: A Native-American Examination of the Doctrine of U.S. Rights to Occupancy in North America". Recommended Readings. VIII. KANT. Introduction. Immanuel Kant, Theory and Practice. Immanuel Kant, Metaphysics of Morals. Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace. Susan Mendus, "Kant: An Honest but Narrow-Minded Bourgeois". Mohandas Gandi, "Satyagraha". Recommended Readings. IX. MILL AND HARRIET TAYLOR. Introduction. John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty. John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women. Harriet Taylor, The Enfranchisement of Women. Mary Lyndon Shanley, "Marital Slavery and Friendship". Mo Tzu, Universal Love. Recommended Readings. X. MARX AND ENGELS. Introdution. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels Communist Manifesto. Karl Marx, The Critique of the Gotha Program. Friedrich Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State. Heidi Hartman, "The Unhappy Marriage Between Marxism and Feminism: Toward a More Progressive Union". E.F.Schumacher, "Buddhist Economics". Recommended Reading. XI. RAWLS AND HOSPERS. Introduction. John Rawls, Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. John Hospers, "The Libertarian Manifesto". Susan Okin, "Justice as Fairness - For Whom?" Abu''''L A''''La Mawdudi. The Political Theory of Islam. Recommended Readings. XII. HABERMAS AND FOUCAULT. Introduction. Jurgen Habermas "Discourse Ethics". Michel Foucault, "Knowledge/Power". Sandra Bartky, "Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power". Cornel West, "Philosophy, Politics and Power: An Afro-American Perspective". Recommended Readings. XIII. MACINTYRE AND CHARLES TAYLOR. Introduction. Alasdair MacIntyre, "The Political and Social Structures of the Common Good". Charles Taylor, "Atomism". Marilyn Friedman, "Feminism and Modern Friendship: Dislocating the Community". Helena Norberg-Hodge, "Ancient Futures". Recommended Readings. XIV. CORNEL WEST AND MARTHA NUSSBAUM. Introduction. Cornel West, "The Politics of American Neo-Pragrmatism". Martha Nussbaum, "The Future of Feminist Liberalism. Recommended Readings. James P. Sterba, Concluding Philosophical Postscript: Reconciling Social and Political Ideals.