INVENTORS OF IDEAS connects the major philosophers' original political and societal views with current politics and political thought. Significantly revised to give increased coverage to the major thinkers, the Third Edition covers the traditional canon of writers. INVENTORS OF IDEAS gives students the practical and historical foundations with which to look at contemporary political issues.
1. Political Philosophy: Introducing the Challenge.
Part I: ANCIENT POLITICAL THOUGHT.
2. Plato: Advocating Justice.
3. Aristotle: Endorsing Community.
4. Cicero: Enlarging Citizenship.
Part II: MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT.
5. Augustine: Diminishing Politics.
6. Aquinas: Christianizing Citizenship.
Part III: MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT.
7. Luther and Calvin: Reconfiguring Authority.
8. Machiavelli: Escaping Anarchy.
9. Hobbes: Securing Peace.
10. Locke: Protecting Property.
11. Rousseau: Establishing Democracy.
12. Mary Wollstonecraft: Feminizing Politics.
13. Burke: Grounding Tradition.
14. Mill: Grounding Liberty.
15. Marx: Revealing History's Meaning.
Part IV: POSTMODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT AND BEYOND.
16. Postmodern Political Thought: Reconceptualizing the Political.
17. Inventors of Ideas and Their Inventions: The Continuing Challenge.
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