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Reading Political Philosophy

Machiavelli to Mill, 1st Edition

By Derek Matravers, Jonathan Pike, Nigel Warburton

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396 pages

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Description

This clear and thorough introduction provides students with the skills necessary to understand the main thinkers, texts and arguments of political philosophy and thought. Each chapter comprises a brief overview of a major political thinker, followed by an introduction to one or more of their most influential works and an introduction to key secondary readings.

Key features include:

* exercises

* reading notes

* guides for further reading

The book introduces and assesses: Machiavelli's Prince; Hobbes' Leviathan; Locke's Second Treatise on Government; Rousseau's Social Contract; Marx and Engels' German Ideology (Part 1); Mill's On Liberty and The Subjection of Women. Reading Political Philosophy requires no previous knowledge of philosophy or politics and is ideal for newcomers to political philosophy and political thought.

Reviews

This book is well geared to the needs of courses introducing political philosophy by way of canonical texts.The quality of secondary literature represented is first rate and the quantity is nicely judged for a stimulating but realistic student workload. - THES

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1. Niccolò Machiavelli: 'The Prince' - Nigel Warburton, with readings from Quentin Skinner, Maureen Ramsey, Isaiah Berlin, C.A.J. Cody

Chapter 2. Thomas Hobbes: 'Leviathan' - Jon Pike, with readings from C.B. Macpherson, Quentin Skinner, Jean Hampton, Carol Pateman

Chapter 3. John Locke: 'The Second Treatise of Government' - Jon Pike, with readings from David Hume, Jean Hampton, Jeremy Waldron, A. John Simmons

Chapter 4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: 'The Social Contract' - Derek Matravers, with readings from John C. Hall, Brian Barry, N.J.H. Dent, Isaiah Berlin

Chapter 5. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: 'The German Ideology (Part 1)' - Derek Matravers, with readings from Jonathan Wolff, Jon Pike, G.A. Cohen, Will Kymlicka

Chapter 6. John Stuart Mill: 'On Liberty and The Subjection of Women' - Nigel Warburton, with readings from Isaiah Berlin, Gerald Dworkin, Janet Radcliffe, Richards, Mary Lyndon Shanley

About the Authors

Nigel Warburton is lecturer in philosophy at the Open University. He is author of the bestsellers Philosophy: The Basics; Thinking from A-Z; Philosophy: the Classics; Philosophy: Basic Readings, and Freedom: An Introduction with readings, all published by Routledge.

Derek Matravers is senior lecturer in philosophy at the Open University. He is the author of Art and Emotion (1998).

Jon Pike is staff tutor in Philosophy at the Open University. He is the author of From Aristotle to Marx (1999).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political