In this enhanced edition, Larry Arnhart continues to ask thought-provoking questions that illuminate the philosophies of some of the most prominent political thinkers throughout history. This clear, well-written guide is an ideal supplement to the original texts he recommends at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to his analysis of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Rawls, the author's well-organized and insightful approach provides an even more comprehensive overview than the earlier editions:
Supplementing the discussion of Leviathan, the chapter on Thomas Hobbes coversBehemoth.
The chapter on John Locke includes his Letter Concerning Toleration as well as the original discussion of Second Treatise of Government.
A chapter on Adam Smith has been added, which discusses Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations.
Leo Strauss is featured, with an examination of Persecution and the Art of Writing and Natural Right and History.
A final chapter analyzes Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature.
Title of related interest also available from Waveland Press: Nelson, Western Political Thought: From Socrates to the Age of Ideology, Second Edition (ISBN 9781478627630).
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"Arnhart is a master and students need to deal with his never-ending deconstruction of arguments." --Michael Loughlin, Ohio Northern University
"Students love the way Arnhart brings the profound thinkers into the modern world—demolishing their preconceptions about 'old' ideas." --Laurie Bagby, Kansas State University
"I am enthralled with the author's approach—seeking to answer political questions in like fashion as the philosophers pursued questions of equality, liberty, and justice. Bravo Larry Arnhart!" --Jane Sabes, Andrews University
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