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|Notes:||Originally published to accompany the BBC Radio series 'Plato to NATO'.
Reprinted with minor revisions. - Originally published: London : Ariel, 1984.
|Description:||222 pages : portraits ; 20 cm|
|Contents:||Plato - the search for an ideal form of state, Christopher Rowe; Aristotle - ideals and realities, Peter Nicholson; St Augustine - Christian political thought at the end of the Roman Empire, Janet Coleman; St Thomas Aquinas - the state and morality, Antony Black; Niccolo Machiavelli - the anatomy of political and military decadence, Sydney Anglo; Jean Calvin - the disciplined commonwealth, Harro Hopfl; Thomas Hobbes - the sceptical state, Richard Tuck; John Locke - the politics of trust, John Dunn; Jean-Jacques Rousseau - moral decadence and the pursuit of liberty, Robert Wokler; Adam Smith - the Enlightenment and the philosophy of society, John Robertson; John Stuart Mill - the crisis of liberalism, John Gray; Karl Marx - gravedigger of the capitalist class, Terrell Carver; the moderns - liberalism revived, Alan Ryan; the moderns - Herbert Marcuse and Hannah Arendt - "critics of the present", Liam O'Sullivan.|
|Responsibility:||introduced by Brian Redhead.|