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A History of the Political Philosophers




ISBN 9780367368333
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
838 Pages

 
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Originally published in 1939, this book was intended as a guide to political theory intelligible to the common reader, with quotations from the original sources sufficiently extensive to enable them to sample for themselves the ‘taste’ and ‘colour’ of these writings. This history of theory has been placed against brief descriptions, as background, of the civilization of the times, as the reader passes down the avenues of thought from age to age. It is a history of political thought set against the background of the history of civilization, but that thought is also displayed in the setting of the characteristics and biographies of the thinkers, whose minds we search and whom we seek to know familiarly, however long ago gone to dust.

Table of Contents

Preface.  Acknowledgements.  List of Illustrations.  Part 1.  1. Introductory  2. Plato  3. Aristotle  4. The Hellenistic Age and the Coming of Rome  5. The Roman Law and the Christian Fathers  6. The Middle Ages  7. Renaissance and Reformation  8. Thomas Hobbes  Part 2.  9. Locke and the Social Contract  10. The American and French Revolutions: Montesquieu, Jefferson, Burke and Paine  11. The Early Utilitarians: Jeremy Bentham  12. The Later Utilitarians: James and John Stuart Mill  13. Individualists and Anarchists  Part 3.  14. Jean Jacques Rousseau  15. Georg Hegel  16. The Post-Hegelian Conservatives: Carlyle to Bosanquet  17. The Post-Hegelian Conservatives: Treitschke  18. Marx and His Predecessors  19. Kautsky, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin  20. Laski and Strachey  21. Internationalism and Fascism: Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler  Part 4.  22. Conclusion and Prospect.  Index.

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George E. G. Catlin