A Textual Introduction To Social and Political Theory

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Richard Bellamy, Richard Paul Bellamy, Angus Ross
Manchester University Press, May 15, 1996 - Philosophy - 344 pages
This book offers a stimulating new approach to studying social and political theory. It combines specially selected extracts from the political classics with original and insightful essays offering a commentary upon them. The reader is drawn into a dialogue with the Western political tradition’s principal thinkers, whose ideas provide a common currency in which to debate the problems facing modern societies. Each of the twelve chapters combines extracts from two (or in one case three) political philosophers on a key political concept with a commentary essay. Each chapter does more than just introduce the reader to the classics; it also explains, via the commentary essay, the key concepts of political debate, and the historical contexts which led the thinkers to their different understandings of the nature of society.

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Contents

Aristotle and Aquinas on community and natural
35
Machiavelli Milton and Hobbes on liberty
63
Locke and Aristotle on property
91
Rousseau and Wollstonecraft on sexual equality
123
Kant and Hegel on the state and civil society
155
Burke and de Tocqueville on conservatism
179
Rousseau and James Mill on democracy
205
Marx and Lenin on communism
229
Bakunin and Kropotkin on anarchism
261
J S Mill and Durkheim on individualism
281
Weber and Michels on bureaucracy
311
Index
334
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Richard Bellamy is Professor of Politics ast the University of Reading.

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