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Political Theory

Classic and Contemporary Readings

Second Edition

Edited by Joseph Losco and Leonard Williams

Publication Date - 10 July 2002

ISBN: 9780195330236

674 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

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A unique blend of selections from both classic and contemporary works in political theory


Political Theory presents a unique blend of selections from both classic and contemporary works in political theory. In two volumes, Political Theory covers key works in the history of political though from Thucydidies to Machiavelli (Volume One) and from Machiavelli to Rawls (Volume Two). Beyond the traditional canon, Political Theory also included works by such theorists as Christine de Pizan, Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, and Hannah Arendt. This modular, two-volume format will appeal both to instructors who want their students to read the classics as well as courses centered more on recent commentaries by scholars.

The core of each chapter is a primary source selection from a noted theorist, prefaced by a discussion of the theorist's continuing relevance to the study of political science. After each follows a readable scholarly commentary on the argument and ideas presented, as well as the significance of the theorist's ideas to understanding political life.

The new edition offers several noteworthy features:
* Expanded historical and biographical introductions
* New commentaries reflecting the latest scholarship
* Helpful summaries of the selections from classic works and contemporary commentaries
* Internet resources for students
* Suggestions for class discussion and activities

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 1991

Table of Contents

    Volume II: Machiavelli to Rawls
    Part I: Enter Modernity
    Niccoló Machiavelli
    1. Excerpts from The Prince, Niccoló Machiavelli
    2. Excerpts from The Discourses, Niccoló Machiavelli
    3. Introduction to The Prince, Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr.
    4. Public Versus Private Claims: Machiavellianism From Another Perspective, John Leonard
    Thomas Hobbes
    5. Excerpts from Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes
    6. Intending (Political) Obligation: Hobbes on the Voluntary Basis of Society, Gordon Schochet
    7. The Art of Government, Deborah Baumgold
    8. Excerpts from the Second Treatise on Government, John Locke
    9. Class and Politics, Richard Ashcraft
    10. Locke and Feminism on Private and Public Realms of Activity, Mary B. Walsh
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    11. Excerpts from Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    12. Excerpts from On the Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    13. Rousseau's General Will: Freedom of a Particular Kind, Patrick T. Riley
    14. Rousseau's Political Defense of the Sex-Roled Family, Penny Weiss and Anne Harper, Edmund Burke
    15. Excerpts from Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke
    16. Philosophy, Man, Society: Burkean Political Philosophy, Bruce Frohnen
    17. The French Revolution and the Crisis of European Civilization, James J. Conniff
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    18. Excerpts from Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft
    19. The Same Subject Continued, Virginia Sapiro
    20. The Radical Ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan Ferguson
    Part II: The 19th Century and Beyond
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    21. Excerpts from The Philosophy of History, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    22. Excerpts from The Philosophy of Right, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    23. History and Politics, Charles Taylor
    24. The Basic Context and Structure of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Kenneth Westphal
    Karl Marx
    25. Excerpts from Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, Karl Marx
    26. Excerpts from The German Ideology, Karl Marx
    27. Excerpts from The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
    28. Excerpts from Capital, Karl Marx
    29. Marx and the Engines of History, Steven Best
    30. Gone Fishing: Making Sense of Marx's Concept of Communism, William James Booth
    John Stuart Mill
    31. Excerpts from On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
    32. Excerpts from On the Subjection of Women, John Stuart Mill
    33. Excerpts from Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill
    34. J.S. Mill on Freedom and Power, Bruce Baum
    35. Marital Slavery and Friendship: John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women, Mary Lyndon Shanley
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    36. Excerpts from Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
    37. Excerpts from The Genealogy of Morals, Friedrich Nietzsche
    38. Nietzsche on Autonomy and Morality: The Challenge to Political, Keith Ansell-Pearson
    39. The Postmodernist Politicization of Nietzsche, Ted Sadler
    Simone de Beauvoir
    40. Excerpts from The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
    41. The Second Sex and Philosophy, Karen Vintges
    42. The Second Sex: From Marxism to Radical Feminism, Margaret A. Simons
    43. Excerpts from The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt
    44. The Critique of Power as Leverage, Lisa Jane Disch
    45. Hannah Arendt and Feminist Politics, Mary G. Dietz
    John Rawls
    46. Excerpts from A Theory of Justice, John Rawls
    47. Excerpts from Political Liberalism, John Rawls
    48. A Theory of Justice, Chandran Kukathas and Philip Pettit
    49. Politics and the Public in Rawls' Political Liberalism, Elizabeth Frazer and Nicola Lacey