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Beginning with Plato and finishing with post-Rawlsian theory, Alan Haworth presents the key ideas and developments of the most influential political philosophers with clarity and depth.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the first edition:

'The author has an engaging style and succeeds in communicating his enthusiasm for the subject matter. Arguments are clearly presented and the discussion of them is well controlled.' - Andrew Mason, University of Southampton, UK

'Understanding the Political Philosophers represents an engaging and yet challenging introduction to political philosophy....The author writes in a clear, unpretentious and interesting way about even quite difficult concepts and arguments. As a result, this work offers the teacher of political philosophy an effective text for courses combining discussion of classic and contemporary political ideas.' - David West, Australian National University

'I know of no better text for introducing newcomers to the history of political philosophy.' - Craig Duncan, Ithaca University, USA

‘It is my view that this book will be of interest to a very wide audience. Understanding the Political Philosophers would also make a fine companion to an introductory course in political philosophy.’ - Essays in Philosophy

'When evaluating a book as a potential teaching resource, it is unusual to become so absorbed in the text as to find oneself reading it for pure intellectual pleasure. This is what happened when I read Alan Haworth's engaging book. ... I would certainly recommend this as a first political philosophy book to any student - and, indeed, as a refreshingly unpretentious read for a wider audience.' - Times Higher Educational Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415685375
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Haworth is a Senior Research Associate of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a Senior Fellow of London Metropolitan University’s Institute of Human Rights and Social Justice. He is the author of Anti-Libertarianism: Markets Philosophy and Myth (1994) and Free Speech (1998).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Study Politcal Philosophy? 1
Pt. I Athens
1 Socrates 7
2 Plato, The Republic 13
3 Aristotle 36
4 What Happened Next? 60
Pt. II Reason and Revolutions
5 Hobbes Goes to Paris 69
6 Hobbes: Raising the Great Leviathan 75
7 Locke and the Modern Order 100
8 Locke: The Argument for Property 117
9 Rousseau 137
Pt. III Modern Times, Modern Themes
10 After the Flood 163
11 John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism & Liberalism 182
12 Marx 210
13 Rawls: Through Reason to Justice 237
14 After Rawls 260
Post Script: What Happens Next? 267
Suggestions for further reading 270
Notes 280
Bibliography 289
Index 299
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