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Western Political Thought : From Socrates to the Age of Ideology - 2nd edition

Western Political Thought : From Socrates to the Age of Ideology (ISBN10: 0131911724; ISBN13: 9780131911727)
ISBN13: 978-0131911727
ISBN10: 0131911724

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-1478627630
ISBN10: 1478627638

Summary: Written simply and directly but without sacrificing intellectual depth this text presents the basic terms, ideas, and dilemmas of Western political thought through an in-depth analysis of a limited number of major thinkers from the pre-Socratics to the contemporary era. It views the thinkers in historical context and examines them in terms of the changing relationships of ethics and politics in Western political philosophy. FeaturesONT>
  • Uses a student-oriented approach that is accessible, yet does not over simplify difficult concepts and issues.
    • Assumes no background in the history of political thought.
    • Defines basic and specialized terms in the text, uses them in a variety of contexts to better enable students to grasp their meaning, and includes a glossary of terms in an appendix.
  • Features thinkers that represent most of the important theorists in the Western tradition.
    • Deals with each thinker in detail explains basic concepts in depth and draws out and analyzes the implications of various political theories.
  • Organizes theorists historically from pre-Socratic philosophers to those of the contemporary era with general historical context provided for each.
  • Explores an overarching theme throughout the changing relationships of ethics and politics in Western political thought from Socrates to the present time.
  • NEW - Adds a chapter on Cicero that includes a substantial introduction to the major Hellenistic political philosophies as well as an historical overview of the events surrounding the rise of the Roman Empire.
  • NEW - Expands coverage of St. Augustine to include a discussion of some of the key political ideas of the Roman Empire as well as a more detailed analysis of St. Augustine's theocratic theory of the state.
  • NEW - Briefly describes John of Salisbury (in the St. Thomas chapter) important as a late medieval pre-Aristotelian thinker.
  • NEW - Adds a section on patriarchy and the political exclusion of women in Locke's theory of contract.
    • Concludes with an analysis of contemporary political ideologies from Burke through Marx and the rise of modern nationalism.
  • NEW - Updates the chapter on Marx to reflect the demise of Soviet and East European communism and the current "death of communism" debate.

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Summary: Written simply and directly but without sacrificing intellectual depth this text presents the basic terms, ideas, and dilemmas of Western political thought through an in-depth analysis of a limited number of major thinkers from the pre-Socratics to the contemporary era. It views the thinkers in historical context and examines them in terms of the changing relationships of ethics and politics in Western political philosophy. Features
  • Uses a student-oriented approach that is accessible, yet does not over simplify difficult concepts and issues.
    • Assumes no background in the history of political thought.
    • Defines basic and specialized terms in the text, uses them in a variety of contexts to better enable students to grasp their meaning, and includes a glossary of terms in an appendix.
  • Features thinkers that represent most of the important theorists in the Western tradition.
    • Deals with each thinker in detail explains basic concepts in depth and draws out and analyzes the implications of various political theories.
  • Organizes theorists historically from pre-Socratic philosophers to those of the contemporary era with general historical context provided for each.
  • Explores an overarching theme throughout the changing relationships of ethics and politics in Western political thought from Socrates to the present time.
  • NEW - Adds a chapter on Cicero that includes a substantial introduction to the major Hellenistic political philosophies as well as an historical overview of the events surrounding the rise of the Roman Empire.
  • NEW - Expands coverage of St. Augustine to include a discussion of some of the key political ideas of the Roman Empire as well as a more detailed analysis of St. Augustine's theocratic theory of the state.
  • NEW - Briefly describes John of Salisbury (in the St. Thomas chapter) important as a late medieval pre-Aristotelian thinker.
  • NEW - Adds a section on patriarchy and the political exclusion of women in Locke's theory of contract.
    • Concludes with an analysis of contemporary political ideologies from Burke through Marx and the rise of modern nationalism.
  • NEW - Updates the chapter on Marx to reflect the demise of Soviet and East European communism and the current "death of communism" debate.

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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 96
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Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
Year Published: 1996
International: No

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