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Published: 04 February 2011

1232 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199791156

Bookseller Code (04)

Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy

Second Edition

Edited by Steven M. Cahn

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 through medieval views to modern perspectives. It includes major nineteenth-century thinkers and considerably more twentieth-century theorists than are found in competing volumes. Also included are numerous essays from The Federalist Papers and a variety of other notable documents, addresses, and speeches. The second edition contains two new readings and adds The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 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.

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 "Documents and Addresses" section of the book

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