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Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy

Second Edition

Edited by Steven M. Cahn

Publication Date - February 2011

ISBN: 9780199791156

1232 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $49.95

The most comprehensive and economical collection of readings in political and moral philosophy

Description

Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy provides in one volume the major writings from nearly 2,500 years of political and moral philosophy, from Plato through the twentieth century. The most comprehensive collection of its kind, it moves from classical thought (Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Cicero) through medieval views (Augustine, Aquinas) to modern perspectives (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Adam Smith, Kant). It includes major nineteenth-century thinkers (Bentham, Hegel, Mill) and considerably more twentieth-century theorists than are found in competing volumes (Rawls, Nozick, Taylor, Foucault, Habermas, Held, Nussbaum). Also included are numerous essays from The Federalist Papers and a variety of notable documents and addresses, among them Pericles' Funeral Oration, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, and speeches by Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Dewey, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The readings are substantial or complete texts, not fragments. The second edition contains two new readings--by Charles Taylor and Virginia Held--and adds The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also presents two works by John Locke in their entirety and includes a new translation of Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals.

An especially valuable feature of this volume is that the writings of each author are introduced with a substantive and engaging essay by a leading contemporary authority. These introductions include Richard Kraut on Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and Cicero; Paul J. Weithman on Augustine and Aquinas; Roger D. Masters on Machiavelli; Jean Hampton on Hobbes; Steven B. Smith on Spinoza and Hegel; A. John Simmons on Locke; Joshua Cohen on Rousseau and Rawls; Donald W. Livingston on Hume; Charles L. Griswold, Jr., on Smith; Bernard E. Brown on Hamilton and Madison; Jeremy Waldron on Bentham and Mill; Paul Guyer on Kant; Richard Miller on Marx and Engels; Thomas Christiano on Nozick; Robert B. Talisse on Charles Taylor; Thomas A. McCarthy on Foucault and Habermas; Cheshire Calhoun on Held; and Eva Feder Kittay on Nussbaum.

Offering unprecedented breadth of coverage, Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy, Second Edition, is an ideal text for courses in political philosophy, social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, or surveys in Western civilization.

New to this Edition

  • The excerpt from Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince now includes chapter 26
  • John Locke's Second Treatise of Government and Letter Concerning Toleration are now reproduced in their entirety
  • A new translation of Immanuel Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals by Thomas E. Hill Jr. and Arnulf Zweig
  • Two new readings, Charles Taylor's Atomism and Virginia Held's Neo-Contractual Society: A Feminist View, are reproduced in their entirety
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is now included in the

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 1996

Table of Contents

    * = Unabridged selections
    # = Expanded selections
    + = New to this edition
    Preface
    PLATO
    Introduction, Richard Kraut
    * Defence of Socrates
    * Crito
    Republic
    ARISTOTLE
    Introduction, Richard Kraut
    Nicomachean Ethics
    Politics
    EPICURUS
    Introduction, Richard Kraut
    * Letter to Menoeceus
    * Principal Doctrines
    CICERO
    Introduction, Richard Kraut
    On the Republic
    On the Laws
    AUGUSTINE
    Introduction, Paul J. Weithman
    The City of God
    THOMAS AQUINAS
    Introduction, Paul J. Weithman
    Summa Theologiae
    NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI
    Introduction, Roger D. Masters
    # The Prince
    Discourses
    THOMAS HOBBES
    Introduction, Jean Hampton
    Leviathan
    BARUCH SPINOZA
    Introduction, Steven B. Smith
    Theologico-Political Treatise
    JOHN LOCKE
    Introduction, A. John Simmons
    * # Second Treatise of Government
    * # Letter Concerning Toleration
    JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
    Introduction, Joshua Cohen
    Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
    Of the Social Contract
    DAVID HUME
    Introduction, Donald W. Livingston
    A Treatise of Human Nature
    * Of Parties in General
    * Of the Original Contract
    ADAM SMITH
    Introduction, Charles L. Griswold, Jr.
    The Theory of Moral Sentiments
    The Wealth of Nations
    ALEXANDER HAMILTON and JAMES MADISON
    Introduction, Bernard E. Brown
    The Federalist Papers
    JEREMY BENTHAM
    Introduction, Jeremy Waldron
    Principles of Legislation
    IMMANUEL KANT
    Introduction, Paul Guyer
    * Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
    * On the Common Saying: "This May Be True in Theory, but It Does Not Apply in Practice"
    G.W.F. HEGEL
    Introduction, Steven B. Smith
    The Philosophy of Right
    The Philosophy of History
    KARL MARX and FRIEDRICH ENGELS
    Introduction, Richard Miller
    Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
    The German Ideology
    * Manifesto of the Communist Party
    A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
    * Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
    JOHN STUART MILL
    Introduction, Jeremy Waldron
    * Utilitarianism
    * On Liberty
    The Subjection of Women
    JOHN RAWLS
    Introduction, Joshua Cohen
    A Theory of Justice
    ROBERT NOZICK
    Introduction, Thomas Christiano
    Anarchy, State, and Utopia
    + CHARLES TAYLOR
    + Introduction, Robert B. Talisse
    * + Atomism
    MICHEL FOUCAULT
    Introduction, Thomas A. McCarthy
    Power/Knowledge
    JÜRGEN HABERMAS
    Introduction, Thomas A. McCarthy
    * Three Normative Models of Democracy
    * On the Internal Relation Between the Rule of Law and Democracy
    + VIRGINIA HELD
    + Introduction, Cheshire Calhoun
    * + Non-Contractual Society: A Feminist View
    MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM
    Introduction, Eva Feder Kittay
    * The Feminist Critique of Liberalism
    DOCUMENTS AND ADDRESSES
    PERICLES
    * Funeral Oration
    EDMUND BURKE
    Speech to the Electors of Bristol
    * THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
    * THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
    * THE DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAN AND OF THE CITIZEN
    ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    * Gettysburg Address
    * Second Inaugural Address
    ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
    * The Solitude of Self
    JOHN DEWEY
    Democracy
    * + THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    * Letter from a Birmingham City Jail
    * The March on Washington Address