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Political Philosophy

The Essential Texts

Third Edition

Steven Cahn

Publication Date - November 2014

ISBN: 9780190201081

1152 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $54.95

The most comprehensive and economical collection of historical and contemporary political philosophy--along with substantive introductory essays by leading contemporary authorities

Description

Now greatly expanded in its third edition, Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts is ideal for survey courses in political philosophy. Offering unprecedented 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.

Political Philosophy moves from classical thought (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero) through the medieval period (Augustine, Aquinas) to modern perspectives (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Hume, Adam Smith, Kant, Hamilton and Madison, Burke, Bentham, Tocqueville). The book includes work from major nineteenth-century thinkers (Hegel, Marx and Engels, Mill, Nietzsche) and twentieth-century theorists (Arendt, Hayek, Berlin, Taylor, Rawls, Sandel, Nozick, Foucault, Habermas, Held, Nussbaum, Young, Appiah) and also presents a variety of notable documents and addresses, including The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and speeches by Abraham Lincoln, John Dewey, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to the new selections noted above in bold, the third edition also includes the complete text of Mill's On Liberty, an excerpt from Rawls's Political Liberalism, and expanded selections from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and The Federalist Papers.

New to this Edition

  • Selections by Cicero, Spinoza, Montesquieu, Burke, Bentham, Tocqueville, Nietzsche, Arendt, Hayek, Berlin, Sandel, Nussbaum, Young, and Appiah, and a speech by John Dewey
  • The complete text of Mill's On Liberty
  • An excerpt from Rawls's Political Liberalism
  • Expanded selections from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and The Federalist Papers

About the Author(s)

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.

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

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    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 Old Saw: That May Be Right in Theory But It Won't Work 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
    Speech to the Electors of Bristol
    * 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
    Philosophy of Right
    Introduction to 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 MARION YOUNG
    * Introduction, Ann Cudd
    * 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