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Political Philosophy

Fourth Edition

Steven Cahn

Available: January 2022

ISBN: 9780197610053

992 pages
Online Resource

Retail Price to Students: $0.01

A comprehensive, up-to-date, and economical collection of the great works in political philosophy-along with substantive introductory essays by leading contemporary authorities.

Description

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.

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  • Martha Nussbaum's essay “The Feminist Critique of Liberalism” has been replaced by her more recent essay “Capabilities and Social Justice.”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.

Features

  • 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.

About the Author(s)


Steven M. Cahn is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at The City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of more than sixty books. Most recently, he wrote Inside Academia: Professors, Politics, and Policies (2018) and Teaching Philosophy: A Guide (2018). Dr. Cahn is the editor of The World of Philosophy, Second Edition (OUP, 2018), Exploring Ethics, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2019), and Exploring Philosophy, Seventh Edition (OUP, 2020).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    PLATO
    Introduction
    Richard Kraut
    *Defence 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
    THOMAS AQUINAS
    Introduction
    Paul J. Weithman
    Summa Theologiae
    NICCOLÒ 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
    EDMUND BURKE
    Introduction
    Burleigh T. Wilkins
    Reflections on the Revolution in France
    WOLLSTONECRAFT
    Introduction
    Virginia Sapiro
    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    G. W. F. HEGEL
    Introduction
    Steven B. Smith
    Philosophy of Right
    Introduction to the Philosophy of History
    JEREMY BENTHAM
    Introduction
    Jeremy Waldron
    Principles of Legislation
    ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
    Introduction
    Steven B. Smith
    Democracy in America
    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
    DU BOIS
    Introduction
    Derrick Darby
    Of the Ruling Men
    HANNAH ARENDT
    Introduction
    Michael McCarthy
    The Origins of Totalitarianism
    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
    ROBERT NOZICK
    Introduction
    Thomas Christiano
    Anarchy, State, and Utopia
    JÜRGEN HABERMAS
    Introduction
    Thomas A. McCarthy
    *Three Normative Models of Democracy
    *On the Internal Relation Between the Rule of Law and Democracy
    MICHEL FOUCAULT
    Introduction
    Thomas A. McCarthy
    Power/Knowledge
    MICHAEL J. SANDEL
    Introduction
    Robert B. Talisse
    *The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self
    VIRGINIA HELD
    Introduction
    Cheshire Calhoun
    *Non-contractual Society: A Feminist View
    IRIS MARION YOUNG
    Introduction
    Ann Cudd
    *Five Faces of Oppression
    SUSAN MOLLER OKIN
    Introduction
    Debra Satz
    Justice, Gender, and the Family
    ELIZABETH S. ANDERSON
    Introduction
    Rekha Nath
    *What is the Point of Equality?
    MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM
    Introduction
    Eva Feder Kittay
    *Capabilities and Social Justice
    KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH
    Introduction
    Tommie Shelby
    The Ethics of Identity
    GILLIAN BROCK
    Introduction
    Nicole Hassoun
    Global Justice
    SARAH SONG
    Introduction
    Shelley Wilcox
    Immigration and Democracy
    DOCUMENTS AND ADDRESSES
    PERICLES
    *Funeral Oration
    EDMUND BURKE
    Speech to the Electors of Bristol
    *THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
    *THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
    THE FEDERALIST PAPERS
    *10, 51
    *THE DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAN AND OF THE CITIZEN
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS
    *What to the Slave is the Fourth of July
    ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    *Gettysburg Address
    *Second Inaugural Address
    ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
    The Solitude of Self
    JOHN DEWEY
    Democracy
    *THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS?
    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    *Letter from a Birmingham City Jail