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Political Philosophy

The Essential Texts

Third Edition

Steven Cahn

January 2015

ISBN: 9780190201081

1152 pages
Paperback
235x191mm

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Price: £64.99

The most comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary political philosophy, with substantive introductory essays by leading contemporary authorities. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price

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Now greatly expanded in its third 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. The readings are substantial or complete texts, not fragments. 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.

  • A comprehensive and economical collection of historical and contemporary political and moral philosophy
  • The works of each author are introduced with a substantive and engaging essay by a leading contemporary authority.
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of political philosophy, extending from antiquity to contemporary philosophers.

About the Author(s)

Steven Cahn, Professor of Philosophy, The City University of New York Graduate Center

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of fifty books. Most recently, he wrote From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor (2008) and coauthored Polishing Your Prose: How to Turn First Drafts into Finished Work (2013). Dr. Cahn is the editor of Exploring Philosophy, Fifth Edition (2014) and Exploring Ethics, Third Edition (2013), and the coeditor of Ethics, Fifth Edition (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

    PLATO
    Introduction - Richard Kraut
    Defense of Socrates
    Crito
    Republic
    ARISTOTLE
    Introduction - Richard Kraut
    Nicomachean Ethics
    Politics
    CICERO
    Introduction - Richard Kraut
    On the Republic
    On the Laws
    AUGUSTINE
    Introduction - Paul J. Weithman
    The City of God
    ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
    Introduction - Paul J. Weithman
    Summa Theologiae
    NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI
    Introduction - Steven B. Smith
    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
    MONTESQUIEU
    Introduction - Mark Hulliung
    The Spirit of the Laws
    JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
    Introduction - Joshua Cohen
    Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
    Of the Social Contract
    DAVID HUME
    Introduction - Arthur Kuflik
    An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
    Of Parties in General
    Of the Original Contract
    Of the Origin of Government
    ADAM SMITH
    Introduction - Charles L. Griswold, Jr.
    The Wealth of Nations
    IMMANUEL KANT
    Introduction - Paul Guyer
    Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
    On the Common Saying: "This May be True in Practice, but It Does Not Apply in Practice"
    Perpetual Peace
    ALEXANDER HAMILTON and JAMES MADISON
    Introduction - Bernard E. Brown
    The Federalist Papers
    EDMUND BURKE
    Introduction - Burleigh T. Wilkins
    Reflections on the Revolution in France
    JEREMY BENTHAM
    Introduction - Jeremy Waldron
    Principles of Legislation
    ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
    Introduction - Steven B. Smith
    Democracy in America
    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
    Value, Price, and Profit
    JOHN STUART MILL
    Introduction - Jeremy Waldron
    Utilitarianism
    On Liberty
    The Subjection of Women
    FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
    Introduction - Richard Schacht
    Beyond Good and Evil
    HANNAH ARENDT
    Introduction - Michael McCarthy
    The Origins of Totalitarianism
    F. A. HAYEK
    Introduction - David Schmidtz
    The Road to Serfdom
    ISAIAH BERLIN
    Introduction - Robert B. Talisse
    Two Concepts of Liberty
    CHARLES TAYLOR
    Introduction - Robert B. Talisse
    What's Wrong with Negative Liberty?
    JOHN RAWLS
    Introduction - Joshua Cohen
    A Theory of Justice
    Political Liberalism
    MICHAEL J. SANDEL
    Introduction - Robert B. Talisse
    The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self
    ROBERT NOZICK
    Introduction - Thomas Christiano
    Anarchy, State, and Utopia
    MICHAEL FOUCAULT
    Introduction - Thomas A. McCarthy
    Power/Knowledge
    JURGEN 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
    IRIS YOUNG
    Introduction - Ann E. Cudd
    The Five Faces of Oppression
    KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH
    Introduction - Tommie Shelby
    The Ethics of Identity
    DOCUMENTS AND ADDRESSES
    PERICLES
    Funeral Oration
    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
    JOHN DEWEY
    Democracy
    THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    Letter from a Birmingham City Jail
    The March on Washington Address
    The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self

Reviews

"Political Philosophy is an excellent book that I use often in my courses. It is comprehensive and easy to use. For my part, it is the best such book on the market." - Adam Cureton, University of Tennessee

"The introductions are a real strength of Political Philosophy. They are clear, extremely helpful, and written by leaders in the field." - Matthew Weidenfeld, Elon University

"Political Philosophy is streamlined, comprehensive, and affordable. An eminently functional text for any political philosophy survey course." - Jacob Held, University of Central Arkansas