Understanding the Political Philosophers: From Ancient to Modern Times

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 6, 2003 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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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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Alan Haworth is a philosopher based at London Metropolitan University, where he teaches Political Philosophy, Ethics, and the History of Ideas. His previous books are Anti-Libertarianism: Markets, Philosophy and Myth (1994) and Free Speech (1998).

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