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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- 1. Introduction David Boucher and Paul Kelly
- Part 1 The Classical World
- Part 2 Church and State
- Part 3 The Rationalist Enlightenment and its Critics
- Part 4 Political Radicalism
- Part 5 The Revolution in Political Ideas
- Part 6 The Twentieth Century: Five Approaches