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Political Theory

Classic and Contemporary Readings

Second Edition

Edited by Joseph Losco and Leonard Williams

Publication Date - July 2002

ISBN: 9780195330151

368 pages
Paperback
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

Retail Price to Students: $85.95

A unique blend of selections from both classic and contemporary works in political theory

Description

Political Theory presents a unique blend of selections from both classic and contemporary works in political theory. In two volumes, Political Theory covers key works in the history of political though from Thucydidies to Machiavelli (Volume One) and from Machiavelli to Rawls (Volume Two). Beyond the traditional canon, Political Theory also included works by such theorists as Christine de Pizan, Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, and Hannah Arendt. This modular, two-volume format will appeal both to instructors who want their students to read the classics as well as courses centered more on recent commentaries by scholars.

The core of each chapter is a primary source selection from a noted theorist, prefaced by a discussion of the theorist's continuing relevance to the study of political science. After each follows a readable scholarly commentary on the argument and ideas presented, as well as the significance of the theorist's ideas to understanding political life.

The new edition offers several noteworthy features:
* Expanded historical and biographical introductions
* New commentaries reflecting the latest scholarship
* Helpful summaries of the selections from classic works and contemporary commentaries
* Internet resources for students
* Suggestions for class discussion and activities

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 1991

Table of Contents

    Volume I: Thucydides to Machiavelli
    Part I: Greek Roots
    Thucydides
    1. History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
    2. Thucydides on Human Nature, C. D. C. Reeve
    3. The Melian Dialogue, Laurie Johnson
    Plato
    4. Crito, Plato
    5. Republic, Plato
    6. The Republic and the "Limits of Politics", Dale Hall
    7. Response to Hall, Allan Bloom
    Aristotle
    8. Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle
    9. Politics, Aristotle
    10. The Puzzle of the Political Animal: Nature and Artifice in Aristotle's Political Theory, Cary J. Nederman
    11. An Ancient Framework for a New- and Old-Feminism, Mary Nichols
    Part II: Political Philosophy in the Age of Empire--Civil and Religious
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    13. Essentials of the Mixed Constitution, Neal Wood
    14. Cicero's Focus: From the Best Regime to the Model Statesman, Walter Nicgorski, Augustine of Hippo
    14. Cicero's Focus: From the Best Regime to the Model Statesman, Walter Nicgorski
    Augustine of Hippo
    16. The Two Cities in Augustine's Political Philosophy, Rex Martin
    17. The Earthly City and Its Discontents, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Thomas Aquinas
    17. The Earthly City and Its Discontents, Jean Bethke Elshtain
    Thomas Aquinas
    19. From On Kingship, Thomas Aquinas
    20. Law and Politics, Paul E. Sigmund
    21. On Thomistic Natural Law: The Bad Man's View of Thomistic Natural Right, Edward A. Goerner, Christine de Pizan
    21. On Thomistic Natural Law: The Bad Man's View of Thomistic Natural Right, Edward A. Goerner
    Christine de Pizan
    24. "Now a New Kingdome of Femininity Is Begun...": The Political Theory of Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies, Edward Wheat
    25. Polycracy, Obligation, and Revolt: The Body Politic in John of Salisbury and Christine de Pizan, Kate Langdon Forhan
    24. "Now a New Kingdom of Femininity Is Begun...": The Political Theory of Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies, Edward Wheat
    26. From The Prince, Niccoló Machiavelli
    Part III: Enter Modernity
    Niccoló Machiavelli
    28. An Introduction to The Prince, Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr.
    29. Public Versus Private Claims: Machiavellianism from Another Perspective, John Leonard