On Politics

On Politics

Book 2 : A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the origins of political philosophy and the lives of the great thinkers from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli to Hobbes and to the present and illuminates the ideas and beliefs that helped shape each era. 20,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
Both a history and an examination of human thought and behavior spanning three thousand years, On Politics thrillingly traces the origins of political philosophy from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli in Book I and from Hobbes to the present age in Book II. Whether examining Lord Acton’s dictum that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” or explicating John Stuart Mill’s contention that it is “better to be a human dissatisfied than a pig satisfied,” Alan Ryan evokes the lives and minds of our greatest thinkers in a way that makes reading about them a transcendent experience. Whether writing about Plato or Augustine, de Toqueville or Thomas Jefferson, Ryan brings a wisdom to his text that illuminates John Dewey’s belief that the role of philosophy is less to see truth than to enhance experience. With this unparalleled tour de force, Ryan emerges in his own right as one of the most influential political philosophers of our time.
Three decades in the making, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive histories of political philosophy in nearly a century.

Book News
Originally conceived as a successor to George Sabine's History of Political Theory (1937), this is an ambitious history of Western political thought from Herodotus and other classical thinkers to the present, contained in two volumes. In his chronological explication of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, et cetera, Ryan (retired, political theory, Oxford U., England) engages with questions religious, philosophical, historical, biological, and sociological--questions such as whether there are cycles to history or whether mankind is biologically predisposed to war, to cite just two examples--"but only," he writes, "as far as they illuminate ideas about how we should govern ourselves." Suggestions for further reading are included for each chapter. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Traces the origins of political philosophy and the lives of the great thinkers from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli to Hobbes and to the present and illuminates the ideas and beliefs that helped shape each era.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871404657
0871404656
Branch Call Number: 320.01 R952o 2012
Characteristics: v. cm

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