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Political Philosophy: An Introduction (Hardback)

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Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 25/10/2010
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This book by Richard G. Stevens is a comprehensive introduction to the nature of political philosophy. It offers definitions of philosophy and politics, showing the tension between the two and the origin of political philosophy as a means of resolution of that tension. Plato and Aristotle are examined in order to see the search for the best political order. Inquiry is then made into political philosophy's new tension brought about by the growth of revealed religion in the Middle Ages. It then examines the changes introduced by modernity and gives an overview of postmodern political thought. The book covers the most influential philosophers and directs readers to the classics of political philosophy, guiding them in studying them. It is an approachable introduction to a complex subject, not just a history of it. It is a point of entry into the subject for students and for others as well.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107000438
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm


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"This is a very good book, utterly unlike anything currently in print. It engaged my interest from the first page and never lagged thereafter. It is written in a sprightly style, both witty and provocative, often conversational, and it occasionally made me laugh out loud. But it is at the same time meaty, treating the big questions with insight that can only be acquired from long study. Although accessible, it is not the least bit simplistic, and some of its discussions seem positively inspired." - Leon Harold Craig, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
"Stevens's book gained my interest through its lively writing and its genuine personal voice. He strives, successfully, to make the basic questions of political philosophy come alive. He does so by frequently addressing questions to his reader, as though engaged in face-to-face dialogue, and he often brings the philosophic questions into sharp focus through pointed references to contemporary issues." - James H. Nichols, Claremont McKenna College
"Richard G. Stevens's Political Philosophy: An Introduction presents a highly readable examination of political philosophy's first and fundamental questions as raised by its foremost thinkers. Students should find this wise and lively work both engaging and provocative." - Peter Schotten, Augustana College
"....the book is pitched at such a high level that even graduate students and faculty are likely to learn from it.... Stevens's scholarship is heavily influenced by the work of Leo Strauss.... Highly Recommended...." - D. Schaefer, College of the Holy Cross, CHOICE

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