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Published: 04 March 2022

1020 Pages

7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197609170

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Political Philosophy

Fourth Edition

Steven M. Cahn

  • Brings together in convenient form as many as feasible of these crucial works, either complete or in substantial excerpts
  • Focuses both on the history of the disciplines and the recent contributions.
  • Includes significan materials concerning the growth of American Democracy.

New to this Edition:

  • Readings have been added from Mary Wollstonecraft, W. E. B. Du Bois, Susan Moller Okin, Elizabeth S. Anderson, Gillian Brock, Sarah Song, Frederick Douglass, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
  • Re-edited selections include Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics, Machiavelli's The Prince and Discourses, Hobbes's Leviathan, Locke's Second Treatise, Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws, Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin of Equality and Of the Social Contract, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, The Federalist Papers, John Stuart Mill's On Liberty and The Subjection of Women.
  • Martha Nussbaum's essay “The Feminist Critique of Liberalism” has been replaced by her more recent essay “Capabilities and Social Justice.”
  • New introductions have been provided by Virginia Sapiro (Boston University) for Mary Wollstonecraft; Derrick Darby (Rutgers University) for W. E. B. Du Bois; Eva Feder Kittay (SUNY at Stony Brook) for Martha Nussbaum; Rekha Nath (University of Alabama) for Elizabeth S. Anderson; Debra Satz (Stanford University) for Susan Moller Okin; Nicole Hassoun (Binghamton, SUNY) for Gillian Brock; and Shelley Wilcox (San Francisco State University) for Sarah Song.

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