Political Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0300181809
ISBN-13: 9780300181807
Edition: 2012
Authors: Steven B. Smith
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Description: Who ought to govern? Why should I obey the law? How should conflict be controlled? What is the proper education for a citizen and a statesman? These questions probe some of the deepest and most enduring problems that every society confronts,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Who ought to govern? Why should I obey the law? How should conflict be controlled? What is the proper education for a citizen and a statesman? These questions probe some of the deepest and most enduring problems that every society confronts, regardless of time and place. Today we ask the same crucial questions about law, authority, justice, and freedom that Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Tocqueville faced in previous centuries.In this lively and enlightening book, Professor Steven B. Smith introduces the wide terrain of political philosophy through the classic texts of the discipline. Works by the greatest thinkers illuminate the permanent problems of political life, Smith shows, and while we may not accept all their conclusions, it would be a mistake to overlook the relevance of their insights.

Steven B. Smithis Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and Master of Branford College at Yale University. He lives in New Haven.

Preface
Texts
Why Political Philosophy?
Antigone and the Politics of Conflict
Socrates and the Examined Life
Plato on Justice and the Human Good
Aristotle's Science of Regime Politics
The Politics of the Bible
Machiavelli and the Art of Political Founding
Hobbes's New Science of Politics
Locke and the Art of Constitutional Government
Rousseau on Civilization and Its Discontents
Tocqueville and the Dilemmas of Democracy
In Defense of Patriotism
Notes
Index

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