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Political Thinkers

From Socrates to the Present

Third Edition

Edited by David Boucher and Paul Kelly

May 2017

ISBN: 9780198708926

696 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

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Price: £37.99

The most comprehensive introduction to the greatest political thinkers written by a team of international experts.

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The most comprehensive introduction to the greatest political thinkers written by a team of international experts.

  • Excellent breadth and depth, giving students a comprehensive overview of Western political thought.
  • Written by internationally renowned experts, exposing students to multiple perspectives.
  • Connections and relationships between thinkers are made clear to help students gain a fuller understanding of the development of political thought, without viewing individual thinkers in isolation.
  • Carefully developed learning features, including a chapter guide, biography, key texts, and key ideas for each thinker, help students understand key concepts and ideas in the history of political thought, as well as the context that inspired them.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on Hannah Arendt, one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.
  • A new chapter on Hugo Grotius helps to introduce the just war tradition.
  • Revised part introductions make clear the connections between thinkers and their significance in relation to each other.

About the Author(s)

Edited by David Boucher, Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations, Cardiff University, and Paul Kelly, Professor of Political Theory, London School of Economics

Professor David Boucher, Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations, Cardiff University

Professor Paul Kelly, Professor of Political Theory and Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning, London School of Economics and Political Science

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction, David Boucher and Paul Kelly
    Part I: The Polis
    2:The Sophists, Peter Nicholson
    3:Socrates, Fred Rosen
    4:Plato, C.D.C. Reeve
    5:Aristotle, Tony Burns
    6:Cicero, Cary J. Nederman
    Part II: The Two Kingdoms
    7:St Augustine, Jean Bethke Elshtain
    8:Aquinas, Joseph Canning
    9:Marsiglio of Padua, Cary J. Nederman
    10:Machiavelli, Joseph V. Femia
    11:Grotius, Camilla Boisen
    Part III: The Rationalist Enlightenment
    12:Hobbes, Deborah Baumgold
    13:Locke, Jeremy Waldron
    14:Hume, Paul Kelly
    15:Montesquieu, Yoshie Kawade
    16:Rousseau, David Boucher
    17:The Federalist Papers, Terence Ball
    18:Wollstonecraft, Carole Pateman
    19:Tocqueville, Cheryl Welch
    20:Bentham, Paul Kelly
    21:J.S. Mill on Liberty, Paul Kelly
    22:J.S. Mill on the Subjection of Women, Jennifer Ring
    Part IV: The Counter-Enlightenment
    23:Kant, Katrin Flikschuh
    24:Burke, David Boucher
    25:Hegel, Alan Patten
    26:The Early Marx, Lawrence Wilde
    27:Marx and Engels, Paul Thomas
    28:Nietzsche, Nathan Widder
    Part V: The Twentieth Century
    29:Hannah Arendt, Justine Lacroix
    30:Oakeshott, David Boucher
    31:Habermas, Kenneth Baynes
    32:Rawls, Rex Martin
    33:Foucault, Paul Patton

Reviews

'Political Thinkers is a must for every student of political thought, offering an introduction to the history of political ideas alongside new food for thought for advanced scholars. An awesome achievement!' - Erkki Berndtson, formerly of University of Helsinki

'An impressive achievement and an excellent introduction to the field. The wider coverage with inputs from experts of international standing makes it a very valuable resource for students.' - Christopher Finlay, University of Brighton

Praise for the previous edition: 'The essays guide, provoke, and promote further reflection, making Politival Thinkers the best essay collection of its kind and an excellent resource for students.' - Russel Bentley, University of Southampton

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