Reading Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 382 pages
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.
 

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If you are a student, this is highly useful in understanding Machiavelli, very insightful.

Contents

The Prince by Nigel Warburton
24
Maureen Ramsey
33
Leviathan by Jon Pike
100
State by Quentin Skinner
113
4 Problems with Hobbess Alienation Social Contract
125
The Second Treatise of Government
135
by Jean Hampton
168
4 Reconstructing Locke on Property
180
The German
238
Rejection of the Market Economy
270
2 Marxs Early Critique of Liberalism
279
On Liberty and The Subjection
304
Isaiah Berlin
336
by Janet Radcliffe Richards
357
Bibliography
368
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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).

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