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Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present (3rd edn)  

Edited by:
David BoucherProfessor of Political Philosophy and International Relations, Cardiff UniversityClose
Paul KellyProfessor of Political Theory, London School of EconomicsClose
Published in Print:04 May 2017 Published Online:September 2017
Publisher:Oxford University Press


Political Thinkers is an introduction to Western political thought. This third edition provides an introduction to the canon of great theorists, from Socrates and the Sophists to contemporary thinkers such as John Rawls and Hannah Arendt. Each chapter begins with a chapter guide, a biographical sketch of the thinker, a list of their key texts, and their key ideas. Scholastic commentary enables readers to understand the social and political contexts that inspired political thinkers. This edition features two new chapters on Arendt, one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, and Hugo Grotius, whose work on just war continues to inform international law today. Following an introduction, the work is structured into five sections.

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