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Political questions : political philosophy from Plato to Pinker

Author: Larry Arnhart
Publisher: Long Grove, IL : Waveland Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth edition
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"In this enhanced edition, Larry Arnhart continues to ask thought-provoking questions that illuminate the philosophies of some fo the most prominent political thinkers throughout history. This clear, well-written guide is an ideal supplement to the original texts he recommends at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to his analysis of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Rousseau,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Arnhart
ISBN: 1478629061 9781478629061
OCLC Number: 920657217
Notes: Previous editions: Political questions: political philosophy from Plato to Rawls, 1987, 1993, 2003.
"In this fourth edition, I have changed and added material throughout the book. I have added new chapters on Adam Smith, Leo Strauss, and Steven Pinker."--Prologue, page xiii.
Description: xiv, 609 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Political knowledge and political power: Plato's Apology, Crito, and republic --
2. Political science as the study of regimes: Aristotle's politics --
3. The political realism of Christian theology: Augustine's City of God --
4. Natural law: Thomas Aquinas's "Treatise on law" --
5. Power politics: Machiavelli's The prince and Discourses --
6. Liberal rationalism: Descartes's Discourse on method --
7. Individual rights and absolute government: Hobbes's Leviathan and Behemoth --
8. Classical liberalism: Locke's Second treatise of government and Letter concerning toleration --
9. Participatory democracy: Rousseau's First discourse, second discourse, and The social contract --
10. Morals and markets in the commercial society: Smith's Theory of moral sentiments and Wealth of nations --
11. History and the modern state: Hegel's Philosophy of right and Philosophy of history --
12. Socialism: Marx's Communist manifesto --
13. The death of God and the will to power: Nietzsche's The birth of tragedy; Human, all too human; Thus spoke Zarathustra; and Beyond good and evil --
14. Relativism and natural right in the crisis of liberalism: Strauss's Persecution and the art of writing and Natural right and history --
15. The social justice of equal liberty: Rawls's A theory of justice --
16. The classical liberalism of declining violence: Pinker's The better angels of our nature.
Responsibility: Larry Arnhart, Northern Illinois University.

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"In this enhanced edition, Larry Arnhart continues to ask thought-provoking questions that illuminate the philosophies of some fo the most prominent political thinkers throughout history. This clear, well-written guide is an ideal supplement to the original texts he recommends at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to his analysis of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Rawls, the author's well-organized and insightful approach provides an even more comprehensive overview than the earlier editions: Supplementing the discussion of Leviathan, the chapter on Thomas Hobbes covers Behemoth; The chapter on John Locke includes his Letter concerning toleration as well as the original discussion of Second treatise of government; A chapter on Adam Smith has been added, which discusses Theory of moral sentiments and Wealth of nations; Leo Strauss is featured, with an examination of Persecution and the art of writing and Natural right and history; A final chapter analyzes Steven Pinker's The better angels of our nature."--Back cover.

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