Understanding the Political Philosophers: From Ancient to Modern Times

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London 2005 Hardback. Printed laminated boards, issued without dust jacket. About fine. From Socrates to Rawls and after. ISBN: 0-415-27590-3 Pages: 320. *****PLEASE NOTE: This ... item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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This absorbing look at political philosophy asks you to climb inside the heads of the major political philosophers. Beginning with Plato and finishing with post-Rawlsian theory, Alan Haworth presents the key ideas and developments with clarity and depth. Each chapter provides an in-depth study of a given thinker or group of thinkers and will constitute broad account of the main arguments in political philosophy. Chapters are arranged historically but the focus of each is very much the analysis of arguments, the way they hang together, the presuppositions on which they are based and the degree to which they succeed in answering the questions they are designed to address. Thinkers addressed include: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, The Utilitarians, Marx, Rawls, Post-Rawlsian thinkers.

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'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: 9780415275903
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/23/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Haworth is a philosopher based at London Metropolitan University, where he teaches Political Philosophy, Ethics, and the History of Ideas. His previous books are Anti-Libertarianism: Markets, Philosophy and Myth (1994) and Free Speech (1998).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Study Political Philosophy? Part One: Athens 1. Socrates 2. Plato, The Republic 3. Aristotle 4. What Happened Next? Part Two: Reason and Revolutions 5. Hobbes Goes to Paris 6. Hobbes, Raising the Great Leviathan 7. Locke and the Modern Order 8. Locke, the Argument for Property 9. Rousseau Part Three: Modern 'isms' 10. After the Flood 11. John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism and Liberalism 12. Marx 13. The Times of Rawls

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