Western Political Thought From Plato to Marx

By Shefali Jha
Publisher: Pearson India, 2015
ISBN: 9788131752647
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Western Political Thought: From Plato to Marx is a lucid and comprehensive account of political thought that stretches from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century. Analysing political philosophies chronologically, this book offers valuable insights into the political structures of societies across the ages, and presents a wide perspective on the various social and political ideologies. Each of the 12 chapters has boxes with excerpts from the original works by the philosophers, a comprehensive reading list and thought provoking questions on the philosophies discussed in the book.
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Western Political Thought
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Preface
Introduction
The Greek City-State: Democratic Institutions in Athens
Plato (427-347 BCE): Justice and Reason
Aristotle (384-322 BCE): Moral Action and the Best Constitution
Augustine and Thomas Aquinas: Christian Political Thought in the Middle Ages
Machiavelli (1469-1527): Humanism and Republicanism
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679): Contract as the Basis of Political Obligation
John Locke (1632-1704): Theological Premises and Liberal Limits on Government
Rousseau (1712-1778): The General Will and Moral and Political Liberty
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832): Representative Government as the Maximizer of Utility
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873): The Benefits of the Liberty of Men and Women for Society
G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831): The Social Conditions for a Non-Contractual Theory of Freedom
Karl Marx (1818-1883): The State and Class Struggle
Afterword
About the Author
Index
Backcover
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