On the History of Political Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0205119743
ISBN-13: 9780205119745
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Debuting it its first edition, On the History of Political Philosophy provides a critical account of Western political philosophy from classical Greece to modern times. Demonstrating the continued relevance of historical ideas to today's problems, the author traces ongoing discussions about justice, power, and human nature by examining the ideas of key political theorists.

Preface
Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?
Thucydides: War and the Polis
Thucydides'Work
A Brief History of the Peloponnesian War
From the State of Nature to Political Society
Fragility of Civilization
Thucydides' Realism
Realism versus Idealism in the Melian Dialogue
Politics and Ethics
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Plato: Who Should Rule?
Platonic Dialogues
The Task of Political Philosophy
What Is Justice?
Philosophy and Dogma
The Best Political Order
A Critique of Democracy
The Government of Philosopher Rulers
Politics and the Soul
The Relevance of Plato
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Aristotle: The Best Constitution
Aristotle's Writings
What Is Politics?
The State as Political and Moral Community
What Is Happiness?
Friendship and Concord
Formative Laws and the Moral Elite
Humar Nature and the Nature of the State
Constitutions
Justice and the Distribution of Power
The Middle Constitution
How to Prevent a Revolution?
Aristotle's Realism
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Cicero: The Idea of the Republic
The Crisis of the Later Republic
Human Nature and Divine Origin
The Fellowship of Humans
Cosmopolitanism and Natural Law
International Morals
Moral Restraints in War
Ethics of Hegemonic Leadership
The Roman Mixed Constitution
Republican Values
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
St. Augustine: The City of God
Faith and Reason
Christian Pessimism
Two Loves and Two Cities
A Christian Commonwealth
Obedience and War
The Idolatry of Politics
The City of God and Tradition
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Friendship and Concord
Formative Laws and the Moral Elite
Humar Nature and the Nature of the State
Constitutions
Justice and the Distribution of Power
The Middle Constitution
How to Prevent a Revolution?
Aristotle's Realism
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Cicero: The Idea of the Republic
The Crisis of the Later Republic
Human Nature and Divine Origin
The Fellowship of Humans
Cosmopolitanism and Natural Law
International Morals
Moral Restraints in War
Ethics of Hegemonic Leadership
The Roman Mixed Constitution
Republican Values
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
St. Augustine: The City of God
Faith and Reason
Christian Pessimism
Two Loves and Two Cities
A Christian Commonwealth
Obedience and War
The Idolatry of Politics
The City of God and Tradition
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
St.Thomas Aquinas: Faith and Social Solidarity
The Golden Age of Scholasticism
Christianity and Social Theory
Private Property and Poverty
The Origin, Purpose, and Limits of Authority
Monarchy and the Mixed Constitution
Church and State
The Nature of Law
Natural Law and Open Society
Aquinas' Legacy
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Machiavelli: How to Rule?
The New Teaching of Politics
Politics and Change
Machiavelli's Republicanism
Human Goodness and Corruption
The Rule of Princes
A Critique of the Moral Tradition
The Politics of Raison d'Etat
Machiavelli and Machiavellism
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Grotius: International Society
The Just War Tradition
Grotius's Argument against Raison d'Etat
Jus ad Beilum and Jus in Bello
The Universality of International Society
Human Rights and Intervention
Old and New Challenges to the Grotian Order
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Hobbes:The Beginning of Modernity
A New Political Science
The Reality of Conflict
Social Contract
Absolute Sovereignty
The Logic of Despotism
International Relations as a State of War
Hoboes' Modernity
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Locke: Liberty And Property
The Question of Toleration
Toleration and Its Limits
Freedom and Law
The State of Nature and Natural Law
The Libera! Concept of International Relations
A Limited Government
Property and Labor
Civil Society and State Building
Liberty, Economy, Colony
Commerce and the Question of Ethics
Locke's Liberalism
Questions
Guide to Further Reading
Epilogue: The Classics and the Moderns
Appendix:The Great Debate
Works Cited
Glossary
Index

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