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An introduction to political thought : key concepts and thinkers

Author: Peri Roberts; Peter Sutch
Publisher: Washington Square, N.Y. : New York University Press, 2004.
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"An Introduction to Political Thought takes a dual approach to political theory by providing a chronological overview of major figures and texts as well as an understanding of the development of essential concepts and themes. The authors provide a solid understanding of the history and development of political thought and a critical grasp of the theoretical and philosophical issues at the heart of politics. Key  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peri Roberts; Peter Sutch
ISBN: 0814775691 9780814775691 0814775705 9780814775707
OCLC Number: 55286227
Description: vii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Nature of Political Thought / Introduction: Conceptual Tools for Everyday Living --
Section I. Classical Origins of Political Thought --
1. Plato / Is There a Universal Moral Order? --
2. Aristotle / Is Politics Natural? --
Section II. Modern Developments in Political Thought --
3. Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau / Liberty and Human Nature: What is Freedom? --
4. Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau II / The Social Contract and the Artificiality of the State --
5. Owen and Marx / Socialism and the Artificiality of Man --
Section III. Contemporary Understandings of Political Thought --
6. Bentham, Utilitarianism and Rights / How Do We Take People Seriously? --
7. Rawls, Cohen, Nozick and Walzer / Distributive Justice --
8. Rawls II, Kymlicka and Parekh / Liberalism and the Challenge of Multiculturalism --
Section IV. Challenges to Universalism and Foundationalism --
9. Burke and Oakeshott / Conservatism: Reason vs Tradition --
10. Feminism and Antifoundationalism / What's Wrong with Universal Justice? --
Afterword: Current Engagements in Political Thought.
Responsibility: Peri Roberts and Peter Sutch.
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"An Introduction to Political Thought takes a dual approach to political theory by providing a chronological overview of major figures and texts as well as an understanding of the development of essential concepts and themes. The authors provide a solid understanding of the history and development of political thought and a critical grasp of the theoretical and philosophical issues at the heart of politics. Key thinkers from the classical to the contemporary are examined in order to provide a foundation in the history of political thought. Each thinker is also the starting point for an exploration of important conceptual questions from human nature and political legitimacy to multiculturalism and international relations." "Political philosophers covered in depth include: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Bentham, Rawls, and Burke. Key concepts such as the moral order, liberty, human nature, freedom, the social contract, distributive justice, liberalism, socialism, feminism, human rights, and multiculturalism are also thoroughly explained. A critical glossary of basic political and theoretical terms completes this fundamental text. An Introduction to Political Thought, with its engaging style and innovative approach, provides a thorough guide through key arguments in the history of political thought and contemporary political theory. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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