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On politics : a history of political thought from Herodotus to the present

Author: Alan Ryan
Publisher: New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Traces the origins of political philosophy and the lives of the great thinkers from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli to Hobbes and to the present and illuminates the ideas and beliefs that helped shape each era.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Ryan
ISBN: 9780871404657 0871404656
OCLC Number: 783161149
Description: 2 volumes ; 25 cm
Contents: Book one: Herodotus to Machiavelli --
Book two: Hobbes to the present. Introduction : Thinking about politics --
[v. 1.] Book 1. Herodotus to Machiavelli. pt. I. The classical conception: Why Herodotus? ; Plato and antipolitics ; Aristotle: politics is not philosophy ; Roman insights: Polybius and Cicero ; Augustine's two cities --
pt. II. The Christian world: Preface to Part II ; Between Augustine and Aquinas ; Aquinas and synthesis ; The fourteenth-century interregnum ; Humanism ; The Reformation ; Machiavelli --
Notes to Book 1 --
[v.2.] Book 2. Hobbes to the present. Preface to Book 2 --
pt. I. Modernity: Thomas Hobbes ; John Locke and revolution ; Republicanism ; Rousseau ; The American founding ; The French revolution and its critics ; Hegel: the modern state as the work of spirit ; Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham and James and John Stuart Mill ; Tocqueville and democracy ; Karl Marx --
pt. II. The world after Marx: Preface to Part II ; The twentieth century and beyond ; Empire and imperialism ; Socialisms ; Marxism, fascism, dictatorship ; Democracy in the modern world ; Global peace and the human future --
Acknowledgments --
Notes to book 2 --
Bibliography --
Further reading --
Index.
Responsibility: Alan Ryan.

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