Princeton Readings in Political Thought

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  • Copyright: 1996-03-04
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Princeton Readings in Political Thoughtis one of the most engaging and up-to-date samplers of the standard works of Western political thinking from antiquity through modern times. Organized chronologically, from Thucydides to Foucault, the book brings together forty-four selections of enduring intellectual value--key articles, book excerpts, essays, and speeches--that have shaped our understanding of Western society and politics. Readers will find this work to be an invaluable reference, and they will enjoy not only the varied selections but also the lucid introductions to each historical era and the brief sketches of each thinker. The book includes the writings of many of the most distinguished observers of the Western experience from classical times (Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero), the Middle Ages (St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Christine de Pizan), modern times (Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Adam Smith,The Federalist Papers,"Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen," Burke, Marie-Olympes de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, Bentham, Mill, de Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche), or the ideas of twentieth-century political philosophers and ideologists (Weber, Mosca, Michels, Lenin, Freud, Emma Goldman, Mussolini, Arendt, Orwell, de Beauvoir, Fanon, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Leo Strauss, Walzer, Rawls, Nozick, Habermas, and Foucault).

Table of Contents

Thinking Politically: An Introductionp. 1
Pericles' Funeral Orationp. 13
The Apologyp. 19
The Republicp. 39
The Politicsp. 107
On The Republicp. 124
St. Augustine
City of Godp. 133
St. Thomas Aquinas
Politics and Lawp. 144
Christine de Pizan
The Book of the City of Ladiesp. 153
Niccolo Machiavelli
The Princep. 167
Discourses on Livyp. 188
Martin Luther
The Christian in Societyp. 194
John Calvin
God and Political Dutyp. 200
Thomas Hobbes
Leviathanp. 205
John Locke
Second Treatise of Governmentp. 243
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
On the Social Contractp. 280
Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Menp. 293
Adam Smith
The Wealth of Nationsp. 314
The Federalist Papersp. 335
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizenp. 347
Edmund Burke
Reflections on the Revolution in Francep. 349
Marie-Olympes de Gouges
Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizensp. 356
Mary Wollstonecraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Womanp. 362
Jeremy Bentham
An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislationp. 371
John Stuart Mill
On Libertyp. 375
On the Subjection of Womenp. 388
Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in Americap. 398
G. W. F. Hegel
Philosophy of Rightp. 425
Karl Marx
A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economyp. 435
Estranged Labourp. 438
The Communist Manifestop. 448
After the Revolutionp. 464
Capitalp. 465
Friedrich Nietzsche
On the Genealogy of Moralsp. 467
Max Weber
Politics as a Vocationp. 499
Gaetano Mosca
The Ruling Classp. 512
Robert Michels
Political Partiesp. 524
V. I. Lenin
What Is to Be Done?p. 530
The State and Revolutionp. 534
Sigmund Freud
Civilization and Its Discontentsp. 544
Totem and Taboop. 551
Why War?p. 556
Emma Goldman
Victims of Moralityp. 566
Benito Mussolini
Fascismp. 571
Hannah Arendt
The Origins of Totalitarianismp. 575
George Orwell
Politics and the English Languagep. 591
Simone de Beauvoir
The Second Sexp. 601
Frantz Fanon
The Wretched of the Earthp. 615
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jailp. 623
Malcolm X
The Ballot or the Bulletp. 636
Leo Strauss
What Is Political Philosophy?p. 642
Michael Walzer
In Defense of Equalityp. 656
John Rawls
A Theory of Justicep. 669
Robert Nozick
Anarchy, State and Utopiap. 698
Jurgen Habermas
The Public Spherep. 709
Michel Foucault
Discipline and Punishp. 715
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