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Political Philosophy

The Essential Texts

Second Edition

Edited by Steven M. Cahn

Publication Date - January 2010

ISBN: 9780195396614

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

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Retail Price to Students: $49.95

Description

Bold=New to this edition

Now greatly expanded in its second edition, Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts is ideal for survey courses in social and political philosophy. Offering coverage from antiquity to the present, this historically organized collection presents the most significant works from nearly 2,500 years of political philosophy. It moves from classical thought (Plato, Aristotle) through the medieval period (Augustine, Aquinas) to modern perspectives (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Smith, Hamilton and Madison, Kant). The book includes work from major nineteenth-century thinkers (Hegel, Marx and Engels, Mill) and twentieth-century theorists (Rawls, Nozick, Charles Taylor, Foucault, Habermas, Virginia Held) and also presents a variety of notable documents and addresses, including The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and speeches by Pericles, Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The readings are substantial or complete texts, not fragments. In addition to the new selections noted above in bold, the second edition also includes more essays from Aristotle, Locke, Hume, Smith, Hamilton and Madison, Kant, and Mill.

An especially valuable feature of this volume is that the works of each author are introduced with an engaging essay by a leading contemporary authority. These introductions include Richard Kraut on Plato and Aristotle; Paul J. Weithman on Augustine and Aquinas; Roger D. Masters on Machiavelli; Jean Hampton on Hobbes; 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; Paul Guyer on Kant; Steven B. Smith on Hegel; Richard Miller on Marx and Engels; Jeremy Waldron on Mill; Thomas Christiano on Nozick; Robert B. Talisse on Taylor; Thomas A. McCarthy on Foucault and Habermas; and Cheshire Calhoun on Held.

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2004

Table of Contents

    *=New to this edition
    Preface
    PLATO
    Introduction, Richard Kraut
    Defence of Socrates
    Crito
    Republic
    ARISTOTLE
    Introduction, Richard Kraut
    * Nicomachean Ethics
    Politics
    * 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
    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 (additional essays)
    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"
    Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch
    G.W.F. HEGEL
    Introduction, Steven B. Smith
    Philosophy of Right
    Introduction to 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
    JOHN STUART MILL
    Introduction, Jeremy Waldron
    * Utilitarianism
    On Liberty
    * Considerations on Representative Government
    * 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
    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
    * THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    Letter from a Birmingham City Jail
    The March on Washington Address