Introduction.- PART I THE ENDS OF POLITICS.- 1. Politics and Order.- 2. Politics and Virtue.- 3. Politics and Freedom.- 4. Freedom, Politics and Sociability.- 5. Politics, Happiness and Welfare.- PART II THE LOCATION OF POLITICAL AUTHORITY: WHO SHOULD RULE? .- 6. Rule by a Single Person.- 7. The Rule of the Few.- 8. The Rule of the Many.- PART III THE EXERCISE OF POLITICAL AUTHORITY.- 9. The Sanctions of ‘Nature’.- 10. Mixed Government, Balanced Constitutions and the Separation of Powers.- 11. Absolute Government.- 12. The Rule of Law and Rule-Bound Orders.- PART IV CHALLENGING POLITICAL AUTHORITY.- 13. Resisting Unjust Rulers.- 14. Revolutionary Political Thought.- 15. Theories of Civil Disobedience and Non-Violent Resistance to Political Authority.- Epilogue: Post-modernism and Post-colonialism.
The third edition of this highly-regarded core textbook offers an accessible and impressively comprehensive account of Western political thought over the last two millennia. Structured in four main parts, the chapters are organised around a wide range of key themes, covering everything from Absolute Government and Revolutionary Political Thought to Politics and Freedom and Theories of Civil Disobedience. This new edition concludes with an Epilogue that considers the challenges posed to the history of Western political thought by the perspectives of post-colonialism and post-modernism. The use of boxes throughout the book to explain key thinkers in more detail, as well as the author’s ability to express complex ideas in clear and jargon-free language, makes this the perfect text for helping students to understand the key debates, issues and continuities in the long history of political ideas.
For undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses on the history of political thought and theory, this is an indispensable guide.
JOHN MORROW is Professor of Political Studies and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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