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Social and Political Philosophy

Classic and Contemporary Readings

Edited by Andrea Veltman

Publication Date - March 2008

ISBN: 9780195424294

496 pages

Social and Political Philosophy: Classic and Contemporary Readings combines the essential classics in the field with a significant amount of contemporary works.


Social and Political Philosophy: Classic and Contemporary Readings is a comprehensive primary-source anthology of readings on social and political thought. Ranging from ancient classics to contemporary works, this unique text combines the essential classics in the field--including the work of ancient Greek political philosophers and modern social contract theorists--with a significant amount of contemporary work on issues pertaining to poverty, drug legalization, multiculturalism, race, gender, and class. It also integrates contemporary feminist perspectives.

Table of Contents

    1. Plato and Aristotle
    Plato, Crito
    Plato, Republic
    Aristotle, Politics
    2. Modern Social/Political Philosophers
    Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
    John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
    John Locke, On Toleration
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract
    David Hume, Of the Original Contract
    3. John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor
    John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
    John Stuart Mill, On the Subjection of Women
    Harriet Taylor, Enfranchisement of Women
    4. Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels
    Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
    Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels, The Communist Manifesto
    5. Hannah Arendt and Jürgen Habermas
    Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
    J:urgen Habermas, "The Public Sphere"
    J:urgen Habermas, "Three Normative Models of Democracy"
    6. John Rawls and John Hospers
    John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
    John Hospers, "What Libertarianism Is"
    7. Carole Pateman and Charles Mills
    Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract
    Charles Mills, The Racial Contract
    8. Michael Walzer and Susan Moller Okin
    Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice
    Michael Walzer, "Terrorism: A Critique of Excuses"
    Susan Moller Okin, Justice, Gender, and the Family
    Susan Moller Okin, "Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?"
    9. Charles Taylor and Will Kymlicka
    Charles Taylor, "Atomism"
    Charles Taylor, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognition
    Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship

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