Dyson, R. W.
Natural Law and Political Realism in the History of Political Thought
Volume I: From the Sophists to Machiavelli
Year of Publication: 2005
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XIV, 342 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-7824-1 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.640 kg, 1.411 lbs
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This is the first volume of a detailed history of the traditions of natural law and political realism in western political thought. It elucidates the ways in which the relation between politics and morality was understood by major thinkers from classical antiquity to the Renaissance. Emphasis is given not only to the exegesis of texts, but to the intellectual and historical contexts in which those texts must be read if they are to be properly understood. The second volume continues the analysis through the twenty-first century and addresses the question of whether the modern «natural law» rhetoric of human rights can be given a respectable philosophical basis. This two-volume set is a valuable resource for scholars working in the fields of history, international relations, philosophy, and politics.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: R. W. Dyson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Durham, United Kingdom, where he teaches in the School of Government and International Affairs, specializing in the history of political thought. His publications include editions of St. Augustine's City of God and Giles of Rome's De ecclesiastica potestate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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General Editor: Garrett Ward Sheldon