9780205119745

On the History of Political Philosophy: Great Political Thinkers from Thucydides to Locke

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  • Copyright: 10/28/2011
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Debuting it its first edition, On the History of Political Philosophyprovides a critical account of Western political philosophy from classical Greece to modern times. Demonstrating the continued relevance of historical ideas to today's problems, the author traces ongoing discussions about justice, power, and human nature by examining the ideas of key political theorists.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?p. xi
Thucydides: War and the Polisp. 1
Thucydides'Workp. 1
A Brief History of the Peloponnesian Warp. 2
From the State of Nature to Political Societyp. 3
Fragility of Civilizationp. 5
Thucydides' Realismp. 6
Realism versus Idealism in the Melian Dialoguep. 8
Politics and Ethicsp. 11
Questionsp. 14
Guide to Further Readingp. 15
Plato: Who Should Rule?p. 16
Platonic Dialoguesp. 17
The Task of Political Philosophyp. 19
What Is Justice?p. 20
Philosophy and Dogmap. 22
The Best Political Orderp. 23
A Critique of Democracyp. 25
The Government of Philosopher Rulersp. 26
Politics and the Soulp. 29
The Relevance of Platop. 32
Questionsp. 33
Guide to Further Readingp. 33
Aristotle: The Best Constitutionp. 34
Aristotle's Writingsp. 35
What Is Politics?p. 36
The State as Political and Moral Communityp. 38
What Is Happiness?p. 40
Friendship and Concordp. 42
Formative Laws and the Moral Elitep. 43
Humar Nature and the Nature of the Statep. 44
Constitutionsp. 45
Justice and the Distribution of Powerp. 48
The Middle Constitutionp. 49
How to Prevent a Revolution?p. 51
Aristotle's Realismp. 53
Questionsp. 53
Guide to Further Readingp. 54
Cicero: The Idea of the Republicp. 55
The Crisis of the Later Republicp. 56
Human Nature and Divine Originp. 59
The Fellowship of Humansp. 60
Cosmopolitanism and Natural Lawp. 62
International Moralsp. 64
Moral Restraints in Warp. 65
Ethics of Hegemonic Leadershipp. 67
The Roman Mixed Constitutionp. 69
Republican Valuesp. 71
Questionsp. 73
Guide to Further Readingp. 74
St. Augustine: The City of Godp. 75
Faith and Reasonp. 77
Christian Pessimismp. 78
Two Loves and Two Citiesp. 80
A Christian Commonwealthp. 82
Obedience and Warp. 85
The Idolatry of Politicsp. 87
The City of God and Traditionp. 88
Questionsp. 90
Guide to Further Readingp. 90
Friendship and Concordp. 42
Formative Laws and the Moral Elitep. 43
Humar Nature and the Nature of the Statep. 44
Constitutionsp. 45
Justice and the Distribution of Powerp. 48
The Middle Constitutionp. 49
How to Prevent a Revolution?p. 51
Aristotle's Realismp. 53
Questionsp. 53
Guide to Further Readingp. 54
Cicero: The Idea of the Republicp. 55
The Crisis of the Later Republicp. 56
Human Nature and Divine Originp. 59
The Fellowship of Humansp. 60
Cosmopolitanism and Natural Lawp. 62
International Moralsp. 64
Moral Restraints in Warp. 65
Ethics of Hegemonic Leadershipp. 67
The Roman Mixed Constitutionp. 69
Republican Valuesp. 71
Questionsp. 73
Guide to Further Readingp. 74
St. Augustine: The City of Godp. 75
Faith and Reasonp. 77
Christian Pessimismp. 78
Two Loves and Two Citiesp. 80
A Christian Commonwealthp. 82
Obedience and Warp. 85
The Idolatry of Politicsp. 87
The City of God and Traditionp. 88
Questionsp. 90
Guide to Further Readingp. 90
St.Thomas Aquinas: Faith and Social Solidarityp. 91
The Golden Age of Scholasticismp. 93
Christianity and Social Theoryp. 96
Private Property and Povertyp. 98
The Origin, Purpose, and Limits of Authorityp. 100
Monarchy and the Mixed Constitutionp. 102
Church and Statep. 105
The Nature of Lawp. 106
Natural Law and Open Societyp. 109
Aquinas' Legacyp. 112
Questionsp. 113
Guide to Further Readingp. 114
Machiavelli: How to Rule?p. 115
The New Teaching of Politicsp. 119
Politics and Changep. 120
Machiavelli's Republicanismp. 123
Human Goodness and Corruptionp. 125
The Rule of Princesp. 128
A Critique of the Moral Traditionp. 131
The Politics of Raison d'Etatp. 133
Machiavelli and Machiavellismp. 136
Questionsp. 138
Guide to Further Readingp. 139
Grotius: International Societyp. 140
The Just War Traditionp. 144
Grotius's Argument against Raison d'Etatp. 146
Jus ad Beilum and Jus in Bellop. 148
The Universality of International Societyp. 151
Human Rights and Interventionp. 152
Old and New Challenges to the Grotian Orderp. 155
Questionsp. 156
Guide to Further Readingp. 157
Hobbes:The Beginning of Modernityp. 158
A New Political Sciencep. 162
The Reality of Conflictp. 165
Social Contractp. 168
Absolute Sovereigntyp. 171
The Logic of Despotismp. 174
International Relations as a State of Warp. 177
Hoboes' Modernityp. 181
Questionsp. 182
Guide to Further Readingp. 182
Locke: Liberty And Propertyp. 184
The Question of Tolerationp. 186
Toleration and Its Limitsp. 189
Freedom and Lawp. 193
The State of Nature and Natural Lawp. 194
The Libera! Concept of International Relationsp. 197
A Limited Governmentp. 200
Property and Laborp. 203
Civil Society and State Buildingp. 207
Liberty, Economy, Colonyp. 208
Commerce and the Question of Ethicsp. 211
Locke's Liberalismp. 213
Questionsp. 214
Guide to Further Readingp. 214
Epilogue: The Classics and the Modernsp. 215
Appendix:The Great Debatep. 223
Works Citedp. 225
Glossaryp. 232
Indexp. 241
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