A History of Political Thought

From Ancient Greece to Early Christianity

Author: Janet Coleman

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631218227

Category: Political Science

Page: 376

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Janet Coleman's two volume history of European political theorising, from the ancient Greeks to the Renaissance is the introduction which many have been waiting for. In this volume, Coleman discusses the acknowledged great works of Greek, Roman, and early Christian writers to show how the historical contexts in which certain ideas about ethics and politics became dominant or fell from dominance, help to explain the ideas themselves. Throughout she draws on recent scholarly commentaries written by specialists in philosophy, contemporary political theory, classical languages and cultures, and on ancient and early Christian history and theology. Janet Coleman shows that the Greeks and Romans' arguments can be seen as logical and coherent if we can grasp the questions they thought it important to answer.
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A World History of Ancient Political Thought

Author: Anthony Black

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198790686

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Page: 304

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This revised and expanded edition of A World History of Ancient Political Thought examines the political thought of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Iran, India, China, Greece, Rome and early Christianity, from prehistory to c.300 CE. The book explores the earliest texts of literate societies, beginning with the first written records of political thought in Egypt and Mesopotamia and ending with the collapse of the Han dynasty and the Western RomanEmpire.
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A History of Greek Political Thought (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 34)

Author: T. A. Sinclair

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135026335

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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This book gives a general survey of political thought from Homer to the beginning of the Christian era. To the evidence of the philosophers is added that of Herodotus, Euripides, Thucydides, Polybius and others whose writings illustrate the course of Greek political thinking in the Classical and Hellenistic periods. This re-issues the second, updated edition of 1967.
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A Short History of Western Political Thought

Author: W. M. Spellman

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230343783

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

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This brief narrative survey of political thought over the past two millennia explores key ideas that have shaped Western political traditions. Beginning with the Ancient Greeks' classical emphasis on politics as an independent sphere of activity, the book goes on to consider the medieval and early modern Christian views of politics and its central role in providing spiritual leadership. Concluding with a discussion of present-day political thought, W. M. Spellman explores the return to the ancient understanding of political life as a more autonomous sphere, and one that doesn't relate to anything beyond the physical world. Setting the work of major and lesser-known political philosophers within its historical context, the book offers a balanced and considered overview of the topic, taking into account the religious values, inherited ideas and social settings of the writers. Assuming no prior knowledge and written in a highly accessible style, A Short History of Western Political Thought is ideal for those seeking to develop an understanding of this fascinating and important subject.
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Understanding the Political Philosophers

From Ancient to Modern Times

Author: Alan Haworth

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1135198969

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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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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A History of Political Thought

From Antiquity to the Present

Author: Bruce Haddock

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 330

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This book is a comprehensive introduction to the history ofpolitical thought, tracing the development of arguments andcontroversies from ancient Greece, through different forms ofcommunity, state and empire, to today's global concerns. BruceHaddock highlights the bewildering variety of contexts that haveframed political thinking, yet also displays structural featuresthat have proved to be remarkably stable over time. An importanttheme in the book is the need to see political philosophy, even inits most abstract formulations, as a response to historicallycontingent circumstances, without limiting its relevance to thosecircumstances. The emphasis throughout is on political thinking asa response to hard choices. Major thinkers covered include Plato,Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Grotius, Locke,Spinoza, Montesquieu, Hume, Kant, Rousseau, Burke, Hegel, Marx,Mill, Lenin, Schmitt, Nietzsche, Foucault, Oakeshott and Rawls. The book treats political philosophy and theory as a tentativeengagement with a fractured and controversial past. Yet politicalthinking remains the exercise of a burden of a responsibility thatis inescapable for us. Haddock introduces a history that continuesto shape our understanding of ourselves as political and historicalcreatures. A History of Political Thought will be of interest tostudents and scholars of politics, history and philosophy.
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Roman Political Thought

Author: Jed W. Atkins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108619746

Category: History

Page: N.A

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What can the Romans teach us about politics? This thematic introduction to Roman political thought shows how the Roman world developed political ideas of lasting significance, from the consequential constitutional notions of the separation of powers, political legitimacy, and individual rights to key concepts in international relations, such as imperialism, just war theory, and cosmopolitanism. Jed W. Atkins relates these and many other important ideas to Roman republicanism, traces their evolution across all major periods of Roman history, and describes Christianity's important contributions to their development. Using the politics and political thought of the United States as a case study, he argues that the relevance of Roman political thought for modern liberal democracies lies in the profound mixture of ideas both familiar and foreign to us that shape and enliven Roman republicanism. Accessible to students and non-specialists, this book provides an invaluable guide to Roman political thought and its enduring legacies.
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Fundamentals of Philosophy

Author: John Shand

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134588313

Category: Philosophy

Page: 464

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Fundamentals of Philosophy is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to philosophy. Based on the well-known series of the same name, this textbook brings together specially commissioned articles by leading philosophers of philosophy's key topics. Each chapter provides an authoritative overview of topics commonly taught at undergraduate level, focusing on the major issues that typically arise when studying the subject. Discussions are up to date and written in an engaging manner so as to provide students with the core building blocks of their degree course. Fundamentals of Philosophy is an ideal starting point for those coming to philosophy for the first time and will be a useful complement to the primary texts studied at undergraduate level. Ideally suited to novice philosophy students, it will also be of interest to those in related subjects across the humanities and social sciences.
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Greek Thought

A Guide to Classical Knowledge

Author: Jacques Brunschwig,Pierre Pellegrin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674002616

Category: History

Page: 1024

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In more than 60 essays by an international team of scholars, this volume explores the full breadth and reach of Greek thought, investigating what the Greeks knew as well as what they thought they knew, and what they believed, invented, and understood about the possibilities of knowing. 65 color illustrations. Maps.
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