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The philosophy of politics As an introduction to political theory and science, this collection of writings by the great philosophers will be of close interest to general readers. It also forms a basic textbook for students of government and political theory. Such fundamental concepts as Democracy, the Rule of Law, Justice, Natural Rights, Sovereignty, Citizenship, Power, th The philosophy of politics As an introduction to political theory and science, this collection of writings by the great philosophers will be of close interest to general readers. It also forms a basic textbook for students of government and political theory. Such fundamental concepts as Democracy, the Rule of Law, Justice, Natural Rights, Sovereignty, Citizenship, Power, the State, Revolution, Liberty, Reason, Materialism, Toleration, and the Place of Religion in Society are traced from their origins, through their development and changing patterns, to show how they guide political thinking and institutions today. And new in this edition, examinations of selected works by Sophocles, Francois Hotman, and Francisco Suarez. Also new are a detailed table of contents and an up-dated, comprehensive bibliography--each clear and concise for easy reference. The second volume of Professor Curtis' work, also available in a Discus edition, includes the writings of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century thinkers--from Burke, Rousseau, and Kant to modern times.


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The philosophy of politics As an introduction to political theory and science, this collection of writings by the great philosophers will be of close interest to general readers. It also forms a basic textbook for students of government and political theory. Such fundamental concepts as Democracy, the Rule of Law, Justice, Natural Rights, Sovereignty, Citizenship, Power, th The philosophy of politics As an introduction to political theory and science, this collection of writings by the great philosophers will be of close interest to general readers. It also forms a basic textbook for students of government and political theory. Such fundamental concepts as Democracy, the Rule of Law, Justice, Natural Rights, Sovereignty, Citizenship, Power, the State, Revolution, Liberty, Reason, Materialism, Toleration, and the Place of Religion in Society are traced from their origins, through their development and changing patterns, to show how they guide political thinking and institutions today. And new in this edition, examinations of selected works by Sophocles, Francois Hotman, and Francisco Suarez. Also new are a detailed table of contents and an up-dated, comprehensive bibliography--each clear and concise for easy reference. The second volume of Professor Curtis' work, also available in a Discus edition, includes the writings of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century thinkers--from Burke, Rousseau, and Kant to modern times.

30 review for The Great Political Theories, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Gerald

    I read this book as required reading for one of my major Political Science Courses, Political Theory, in DLSU. I was much interested in political philosophy and expected to learn a lot about the evolution of theoretical discourse of politics. Though the book introduced me to thinkers and concepts I was only briefly aware of at that time, I think the book could have been more effective if only the author made a more thorough analysis and explanation of some of Political Science's ideas and values I read this book as required reading for one of my major Political Science Courses, Political Theory, in DLSU. I was much interested in political philosophy and expected to learn a lot about the evolution of theoretical discourse of politics. Though the book introduced me to thinkers and concepts I was only briefly aware of at that time, I think the book could have been more effective if only the author made a more thorough analysis and explanation of some of Political Science's ideas and values like politics, freedom, responsibility, power, justice, natural law, rights, etc. It would have also helped if there was a separate box for each political philosopher and another box for the political value being discussed. That would have made it more reader-friendly, especially for the uninitiated. Still, it can pass.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    This book gives the reader much to absorb. "The Great Political Theories" touches on nearly every school of political thought, starting in ancient Greece and ending with the French Philosophes. Having these theories presented in chronological order helps to form a picture of how various governments developed throughout the ages. There were a few philosophers I especially enjoyed. To me, the highlights included Sophocles, Plato, Cicero, Polybius, Marcus Aurelius, Machiavelli, John of Salisbury, an This book gives the reader much to absorb. "The Great Political Theories" touches on nearly every school of political thought, starting in ancient Greece and ending with the French Philosophes. Having these theories presented in chronological order helps to form a picture of how various governments developed throughout the ages. There were a few philosophers I especially enjoyed. To me, the highlights included Sophocles, Plato, Cicero, Polybius, Marcus Aurelius, Machiavelli, John of Salisbury, and Locke. Also, reading through all of these excerpts helped me to piece together the ideas that laid the foundation for the US constiution. Most significant were Polybius and Montesqiueu's writings on mixed government. It is my understanding that several US founding fathers refrenced these texts when devising the various branches of government and respective checks and balances. I hope to read through these texts in more detail in the future, but for now I feel that this book provides a good start towards understanding the development of political thouhght.

  3. 4 out of 5

    C. Scott

    Dear God, this book is the living embodiment of being forced to eat your vegetables. You know it's good for you but it has all the appeal of eating a gigantic bowl of raw brussel sprouts. An ordeal from beginning to end. On top of this I am baffled by the editor Curtis's use of archaic translations for some passages. Was it really necessary to give us the St. Augustine section with all of the King James-era thees and thous intact? It was very distracting. Why even write a review? If you pick up th Dear God, this book is the living embodiment of being forced to eat your vegetables. You know it's good for you but it has all the appeal of eating a gigantic bowl of raw brussel sprouts. An ordeal from beginning to end. On top of this I am baffled by the editor Curtis's use of archaic translations for some passages. Was it really necessary to give us the St. Augustine section with all of the King James-era thees and thous intact? It was very distracting. Why even write a review? If you pick up this book you know what you're getting yourself into.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    I nursed this book along for a really long time. of course that's the nice thing about something like this where you can pick it up in between other things. I'm a big fan of encouraging people to read original works not just someone else's opinion on what was written. This is a nice way to see the evolution of political thought and to get introduced to the original works. I nursed this book along for a really long time. of course that's the nice thing about something like this where you can pick it up in between other things. I'm a big fan of encouraging people to read original works not just someone else's opinion on what was written. This is a nice way to see the evolution of political thought and to get introduced to the original works.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    with dismally little commentary fhis compendium presents abridged treatises on government from antiquity to the late 18th century. covering two millennia in less than 500 pages is a breathless review of the development of political thought. it seems original government w as idealized as priestly with clerical oversight of any secular rulers. when the teo separated monarchies eventually gained supremacy evethrough the concept of divine right. this supremacyacy of a single ruler strikes me as incre with dismally little commentary fhis compendium presents abridged treatises on government from antiquity to the late 18th century. covering two millennia in less than 500 pages is a breathless review of the development of political thought. it seems original government w as idealized as priestly with clerical oversight of any secular rulers. when the teo separated monarchies eventually gained supremacy evethrough the concept of divine right. this supremacyacy of a single ruler strikes me as incredible now. james I put it bluntly "whatsoever errors and intolerable abominations a sovereign prince commit, he ought to escape all punishment, as if thereby the world were only ordained for kings" fortunately Spinoza began to articulate bounds on the ruler and locke codified branches and balances realized in the United States. actually the last couple of centuries seems about further limitations on rulers and more separation from church. i see now Greek stoicism a philosophy of subjugated people's used by Rome to give rationale for empire, i was surprised to see con

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Rudas

    Very well put together documentation of the development of various political systems. Especially interesting with respect to influences of religion on major systems, the idea of sovereignty, and the underlying nature of man & the natural rights that have been discussed for centuries. Concise & clear.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adam Kanter

    Really enjoyed the selections of Plato, Seneca, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Mariana, Suarez, Grotius, Hobbes, and Hume. Lots of material on divine right, the relationship between church and state, and the foundations of government.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Guillaume Keller

    Brutally eurocentric...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jami

    This is a great book in terms of providing an entryway into the great political thinkers from the Greeks to the Enlightenment. As a Political Science undergraduate student, I enjoy being able to revive my studies, revisit people I need to study more, and I just found Francois Hotman and his francogallia. The idea of the "Old Constitutional Form" pg 272 is finding its relevancy again today. This is a great book in terms of providing an entryway into the great political thinkers from the Greeks to the Enlightenment. As a Political Science undergraduate student, I enjoy being able to revive my studies, revisit people I need to study more, and I just found Francois Hotman and his francogallia. The idea of the "Old Constitutional Form" pg 272 is finding its relevancy again today.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alberto Neto

    Good introduction to political theory. As an engineer, it is interesting to see how people think outside the science field. It took me a while to go over the book as the extracts from the original books are sometimes hard to read~ Nevertheless, the author provides a quick briefing on the theory for each part which makes it easy to understand and enjoy. Looking forward to reading volume 2

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Note to self: Main reference for Soc Sci 2: Social, Economic and Political Thought under Prof. Raymond Quilop, First Semester 1995-96, GE course from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    I did not ever read this cover to cover, but skipped around, with pleasure and curiosity. This may be as much Plato as I ever read. Volume 2, though, whoa... Recommended, from your used book location, or a library that keeps real old mass market paperbacks.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Another of my favorite political theory books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lorenz

    I really learned a lot from this book.All the big names contained in this book, Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes,Locke,etc. are very interesting to read..

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ako Si

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Jotam Magraccia

    Cold philosophy wont chill me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    A good collection of original writings in political philosophy from Plato through Montesquieu following the development of fundamental concepts of western political science.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Johnson

    it makes me think more about the social structure when the theories where written

  19. 4 out of 5

    Allen Severino

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angelito

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hugo Rodrigues

  22. 5 out of 5

    April

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Summers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Adams

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marla

  26. 4 out of 5

    John

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cormac O'Rourke

  29. 5 out of 5

    Greg Boyce

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gel Caminero

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