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Modern Theories of Politics


Evangelia Sembou

Everything you ever wanted to know about modern political theory, but never dared to ask …
This book offers a concise introduction to the main ideas and arguments of the major political thinkers of modernity. It considers the following key thinkers: Hobbes, Locke, Bentham, J. S. Mill, Rousseau, Burke, Hegel and Marx.
Perhaps the best way to understand the ideas of a thinker is to read from their work. This book devotes each chapter to the main writings of a single thinker, providing excerpts from their work and explaining their views in detail. Readers are not expected to have any previous knowledge of the writings of these eight political philosophers, but by the end they should have a solid grasp of their central ideas. This book serves as an essential guide to some of the most important writings on political philosophy of modern times.


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Works which discuss several political thinkers Hampsher-Monk, I., A History of Modern Political Thought: Major Political Thinkers from Hobbes to Marx (Oxford & Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1992). Jones, T., Modern Political Thinkers and Ideas: An Historical Introduction (London: Routledge, 2002). Lively, J. and Reeve, A. (eds), Modern Political Theory From Hobbes to Marx: Key Debates (London & New York: Routledge, 1989). Muschamp, D. (ed.), Political Thinkers (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986). Plamenatz, J., Man & Society: Political and Social Theories From Machiavelli to Marx, a new edition revised by M. E. Plamenatz and R. Wokler (London & New York: Longman, 1992) – Vol. I: From the Middle Ages to Locke, Vol. II: From Montesquieu to the Early Socialists, Vol. III: Hegel, Marx and Engels, and the Idea of Progress. Thompson, D. (ed.), Political Ideas (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969). Discussion of the writings of major political thinkers from a feminist perspective Coole, D. H., Women in Political Theory: From Ancient Misogyny to Contemporary Feminism, 2nd edition (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester-Wheatsheaf, 1993). General D. Miller et al. (eds), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991). 228 Bibliography 1. Thomas Hobbes Primary Text T. Hobbes, Leviathan, R. Tuck (ed.) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, c. 1991). Secondary Literature Brown, K. (ed.), Hobbes Studies (Oxford: Blackwell, 1965). Dietz, M. G. (ed.), Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory (Lawrence, Kansas & London: University of Kansas, 1990). Forsyth, M., ‘Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan’, in M. Forsyth & M. Keens-Soper (eds), The Political Classics: A Guide to the Essential Texts From Plato to Rousseau (Oxford & New York: Oxford...

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