Political Theory and Practice: Eight Essays on a Theme

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Susquehanna University Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 156 pages
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The essays in this monograph address the relation of political theorizing to political practice and action collected in over two decades of teaching the canonical history of Western political theory. The issues were selected not on some deductive or speculative basis, but for the light they may shed on the political theory.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
11
On the Actualization of the Best Regimes in Platos Political Dialogues
17
Aristotles Two Best Regimes
34
Oakeshotts Descartes Vicos Descartes
45
Machiavelli as Classical Roman Rhetorician?
58
Lockes Individualism and Descartess Method
76
Karl Marx Theory and Practice as Revolutionary Rhetoric
87
Michael Oakeshott and the Poetic Character of Human Activity
101
Reflections on the Political TheoryPractice Problem
112
Notes
131
Bibliography
149
Index
155
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Wendell John Coats, Jr., is Professor in the Department of Government at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, where he teaches courses in ancient and modern Western political philosophy. He is the author of five previous books in the field of political philosophy, including Political Theory and Practice: Eight Essays on a Theme (2003) and Oakeshott and His Contemporaries: Montaigne, St. Augustine, Hegel, et al. (2000).

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