An Invitation to Political Thought, 1st Edition

  • Kenneth Deutsch State University of New York - Geneseo
  • Joe Fornieri Rochester Institute of Technology
  • ISBN-10: 0534545637  |  ISBN-13: 9780534545635
  • 528 Pages
  • © 2009 | Published
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AN INVITATION TO POLITICAL THOUGHT is a student-friendly introductory text/reader for political theory that includes a clearly guided explanation of western political thought from Plato to Nietzsche with accompanying primary sources. AN INVITATION TO POLITICAL THOUGHT thus saves the student money by uniquely combining both explanatory essays and primary sources in a single volume. Each chapter begins with an examination of the life of and legacy of an epic political thinker and then proceeds to unpack that thinker's core teaching on such enduring questions as human nature, state and society, justice, political obligation, war and peace, political education, gender and politics, rights and revolution. Other pedagogical features include case studies that relate the material to current events, questions for reflection, a list of key terms, a list of sources, and helpful websites for further reading.

Features and Benefits

  • Individual chapters discuss themes and insights of each of the major political thinkers, from Plato to Nietzsche.
  • The opening chapters raise questions about issues such as human community, politics, and justice.
  • Concluding chapters survey contemporary currents in political thought and apply what has been learned to other endeavors.
  • Each chapter includes a 10-page introduction about questions and themes, followed by a 20-page edited selection This is then followed by a 5-page application of those teachings to current topics.
  • Boxes that appear throughout the text raise other related issues for discussion.

Table of Contents

1. Plato.
2. Aristotle.
3. St. Augustine.
4. St. Thomas Aquinas.
5. Luther and Calvin.
6. Machiavelli.
7. Hobbes.
8. Locke.
9. Rousseau.
10. Burke.
11. Tocqueville.
12. Marx.
13. Mill.
14. Nietzsche.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kenneth Deutsch

Ken Deutsch is Professor of Political Science at SUNY Geneseo and has written six books in the field of political philosophy and public law.

Joe Fornieri

Joe Fornieri is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has completed two books on Abraham Lincoln's collected speeches.