ISBN-10:
0674057023
ISBN-13:
9780674057029
Pub. Date:
09/30/2010
Publisher:
Harvard
Minerva's Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought

Minerva's Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought

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ISBN-13: 9780674057029
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/30/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 377,979
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Abramson is Professor of Government and Law and Fellow of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Chair in Government, The University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: The Canon of Political Thought

  1. Plato’s Republic: The Debate over Justice Begins
  2. The Students Revolt against Utopia
  3. Out of the Cave and into the Light—and Back Again?
  4. Beyond Plato’s Tragic Republic
  5. Aristotle’s Ethics: The Habits of Virtue
  6. Aristotle’s Politics: Severed Hands and Political Animals
  7. Augustine and the Problem of Evil
  8. Machiavelli’s Dirty Hands
  9. Hobbes and the Kingdom of Means
  10. Locke, Liberalism, and the Possessive Life
  11. Rousseau and the Rustic
  12. Rousseau and the Political
  13. Kant’s Crooked Timber
  14. John Stuart Mill and the Demands of Individuality
  15. Hegel, Marx, and the Owl of Minerva
  16. The Revival of Political Theory

  • Conclusion: The Passion for Politics

  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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Minerva's Owl is a beautiful and insightful interpretation of the history of political thought. In polished and unpretentious prose, Abramson makes difficult points about difficult authors with such clarity that the difficulty recedes and you believe, after reading the book, that you really understand the thinkers under discussion. Yet the book also shows how political philosophy unsettles our ordinary opinions as it interrupts our premature complacency and uncritical views. Abramson invites the reader to join him in developing not only a sophisticated understanding of our own politics, but in entertaining radical alternatives to our own politics.

Michael Walzer

A splendid book. I can't imagine a better way to introduce general readers and students to the study of politics.
Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study

Russell Muirhead

Minerva's Owl is a beautiful and insightful interpretation of the history of political thought. In polished and unpretentious prose, Abramson makes difficult points about difficult authors with such clarity that the difficulty recedes and you believe, after reading the book, that you really understand the thinkers under discussion. Yet the book also shows how political philosophy unsettles our ordinary opinions as it interrupts our premature complacency and uncritical views. Abramson invites the reader to join him in developing not only a sophisticated understanding of our own politics, but in entertaining radical alternatives to our own politics.
Russell Muirhead, University of Texas at Austin

Tamara Metz

Unusual in its grace, Minerva's Owl offers an important alternative to introductory texts that are usually dry, superficial, and stilted. I can hardly imagine a more elegant, engaging, and accessible introduction to the traditional canon of Western political thought.
Tamara Metz, Reed College

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