Intended for use in courses on political philosophy or the history of political philosophy, On the History of Political Philosophy provides a critical account of Western political philosophy from classical Greece to modern times. Demonstrating the continued relevance of historical ideas to today's problems, the author traces ongoing discussions about justice, power, and human nature by examining the ideas of key political theorists.
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On the History of Political Philosophy: Great Political Thinkers from Thucydides to Locke is a lively and lucid account of the major political theorists and philosophers of the ancient Greek, Roman, medieval, renaissance, and early modern periods. Topics include discussions concerning human nature, different views of justice, the origin of government and law, the rise and development of different forms of government, idealism and realism in international relations, the distinction between just and unjust war, and the sources of public authority and the nature of legitimate sovereignty. The organizing principle of the book is the idea that the great political thinkers were searching for the best political order and a criterion for human conduct in both domestic and international politics. The book presupposes no previous knowledge of political philosophy. It will therefore be a valuable introductory book for students of philosophy, politics, and international relations. As it opens eyes to the perceptions that historical knowledge may convey, it will also be an illuminating and engaging reading for a general reader.
About the Author
W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford. His main areas of research are Political Philosophy and History of Philosophy. As a graduate student he held a distinguished Scholarship of the Leadership Development Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Presently he is a Visiting Professor at the Texas State University. Prior to joining the Texas State, he taught at Bilkent University, Ankara; Kyung Hee University, Seoul; Lebanese American University, Byblos, and Anglo-American University, Prague. He was also a public official, Deputy Mayor of Gdansk in his native Poland, and acted as ethics expert for the European Commission. He attended many international conferences and participated in the World Civic Forum, 2009 in Seoul, chairing a session on Civic Engagement in Public and Global Governance. He has published four books and many articles
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By George Devereaux
I used this book for an Ethics class I was in, and it was incredibly helpful. It clearly explained all of the concepts of all the classical thinkers such as Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, St. Augustine and Aquaintas, as well as some of the more modern thinkers like Hobbes, Locke, and Grotius. Very informative, and it put hard to understand readings in lay terms. If your taking a philosophy class that focuses on these thinkers, I would strongly suggest this book. You'll never have to use Wikipedia again! This book is too legit to quit, and if you're looking to make an A in your philosophy class, buy this book. Real talk mu'fuggas.