Understanding the Political Philosophers: From Ancient to Modern Times
This absorbing study invites you to climb inside the heads of the major political philosophers, as it were, and to see the world through their eyes. Beginning with Socrates and concluding with post-Rawlsian theory, Alan Haworth presents the key ideas and developments with clarity and depth. Each chapter provides a concentrated study of a given thinker or group of thinkers and together they constitute a broad account of the main arguments in political philosophy.
There are chapters on Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, the Utilitarians, Marx, Rawls, and post-Rawlsian developments.
This is a fascinating, lively and engaging look at the topic and will be appropriate for any student taking a course in political philosophy or political thought.
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Introduction Why study political philosophy?
2 Plato The Republic
4 What happened next?
Reason and Revolutions
5 Hobbes goes to Paris
Modern Times Modern Themes
10 After the flood
utilitarianism and liberalism
through reason to justice
14 After Rawls
Postscript What happens next?
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