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Commentary on the Constitution from Plato to Rousseau

Commentary on the Constitution from Plato to Rousseau Author Joshua B. Stein
ISBN-10 9780739167595
Release 2011-09-16
Pages 357
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Commentary on the Constitution from Plato to Rousseau looks at 14 historical figures who—by their words and/or deeds—set the stage for political thought before the U.S. Constitution was written. Rather than a book about what the founders took from previous thinkers and political figures, this is a book that allows the reader to consider the U.S. Constitution while learning about people whose genius has transcended time, from Plato to Rousseau.

Religion and the State

Religion and the State Author Josh Stein
ISBN-10 9780739171561
Release 2012
Pages 177
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The book discusses the relationship of religion to political entities (countries) in Europe and America in the 17th and 18th centuries. It aims to fill a gap in the literature by understanding the varieties of religious expression in Europe at the time and how those trends influenced the rise of religion in the American colonies and the early United States, and also to wonder if the founding fathers of the US desired a Christian nation.

Rousseau s Rejuvenation of Political Philosophy

Rousseau   s Rejuvenation of Political Philosophy Author Nelson Lund
ISBN-10 9783319413907
Release 2016-09-17
Pages 282
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This book reads Jean-Jacques Rousseau with a view toward deepening our understanding of many political issues alive today, including the place of women in society, the viability of traditional family structures, the role of religion and religious freedom in nations that are becoming ever more secular, and the proper conduct of American constitutional government. Rousseau has been among the most influential modern philosophers, and among the most misunderstood. The first great philosophic critic of the Enlightenment, he sought to revive political philosophy as it was practiced by Plato, and to make it useful in the modern world. His understanding of politics rests on deep and often prescient reflections about the nature of the human soul and the relationship between our animal origins and the achievements of civilization. This book demonstrates that the implications Rousseau drew from those reflections continue to deserve serious attention.


Laws Author Plato
ISBN-10 9780486149578
Release 2013-02-06
Pages 304
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A lively dialogue between a foreign philosopher and a powerful statesman reflects the essence of Platonic reasoning on political theory and practice. It also embodies the philosopher's practical ideas about a utopian republic.

Rousseau s Critique of Science

Rousseau s Critique of Science Author Jeff J. S. Black
ISBN-10 0739125176
Release 2009
Pages 317
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Rousseau's Critique of Science is the first book-length treatment of Rousseau's first philosophic work. It argues that the Discourse is indispensable, both for those interested in the genesis and meaning of Rousseau's philosophic system, and for those interested in the moral consequences of our liberal democratic commitment to scientific progress.

The Social Contract

The Social Contract Author Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN-10 9781911495741
Release 2016-08-09
Pages 268
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A book in which Rousseau theorized about the best way to establish a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society, which he had already identified in his Discourse on Inequality. The Social Contract helped inspire political reforms or revolutions in Europe, especially in France. The Social Contract argued against the idea that monarchs were divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, who are sovereign, have that all-powerful right.

Philosophy and Religion from Plato to Postmodernism

Philosophy and Religion from Plato to Postmodernism Author Max Charlesworth
ISBN-10 9781780744605
Release 2013-10-01
Pages 218
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From the works of the Greek philosophers to the Postmodernist theories of Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty, this authoritative survey encompasses over two thousand years of interaction between philosophical and religious though. Exploring the various ways in which philosophy can relate to the monotheistic religions, the author tracks five key approaches in a carefully structured and accessible manner. Following a chronological pattern, these five chapters consider both major and less well-known philosophers, and feature detailed coverage of: Plato, Aristotle and the Ancient Greeks Philosophy and theology in St Augustine and Thomas Aquinas reason, agnosticism and the works of Kant and Kierkegaard Linguistic Analysis, religion and Wittgenstein Postmodernism and religion: Heidegger, Derrida and Rorty Accompanied by full reference notes, this thorough and up to date text is essential reading for all students and thinkers who wish to know more about philosophy,religion and the diverse ways in which these two fields have come together over the centures.

Leading a Worthy Life

Leading a Worthy Life Author Leon R. Kass
ISBN-10 9781594039423
Release 2017-12-19
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Most American young people, like their ancestors, harbor desires for a worthy life: a life of meaning, a life that makes sense. But they are increasingly confused about what such a life might look like, and how they might, in the present age, be able to live one. With a once confident culture no longer offering authoritative guidance, the young are now at sea—regarding work, family, religion, and civic identity. The true, the good, and the beautiful have few defenders, and the higher cynicism mocks any innocent love of wisdom or love of country. We are super-competent regarding efficiency and convenience; we are at a loss regarding what it’s all for. Yet because the old orthodoxies have crumbled, our “interesting time” paradoxically offers genuine opportunities for renewal and growth. The old Socratic question, “How to live?”, suddenly commands serious attention. Young Americans, if liberated from the prevailing cynicism, will readily embrace weighty questions and undertake serious quests for a flourishing life. All they (and we) need is encouragement. This book provides that necessary encouragement by illuminating crucial (and still available) aspects of a worthy life, and by defending them against their enemies. With chapters on love, family, and friendship; human excellence and human dignity; teaching, learning, and truth; and the great human aspirations of Western civilization, it offers people who are looking on their own for meaning, and as well as to people who are looking to deepen what they have been taught or to square it with the spirit of our time.


Leviathan Author Thomas Hobbes
ISBN-10 9781541518421
Release 2018-01-01
Pages 708
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During the upheaval of the English Civil War in the seventeenth century, political philosopher Thomas Hobbes composed his masterwork, Leviathan. It was first published in 1651, between the trial and execution of King Charles I and the creation of the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. In his book, Hobbes argued that a strong and undivided central government was necessary to maintain societal order. By accepting the rule of a sovereign authority figure—which Hobbes called the "Leviathan" after the biblical sea monster—humans could avoid being ruled instead by self-interest and fear, and so escape humankind's natural state of war and violence. This is an unabridged version of Hobbes's most famous philosophical text, which established social contract theory and remained influential in political philosophy for centuries.

Roman Political Thought

Roman Political Thought Author Jed W. Atkins
ISBN-10 9781107107007
Release 2018-03-31
Pages 248
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A thematic introduction to Roman political thought that shows the Romans' enduring contribution to key political ideas.

History of Political Philosophy

History of Political Philosophy Author Leo Strauss
ISBN-10 9780226924717
Release 2012-06-15
Pages 980
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This volume provides an unequaled introduction to the thought of chief contributors to the Western tradition of political philosophy from classical Greek antiquity to the twentieth century. Written by specialists on the various philosophers, this third edition has been expanded significantly to include both new and revised essays.

Rousseau s Social Contract

Rousseau s Social Contract Author David Lay Williams
ISBN-10 9781107511606
Release 2014-01-13
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If the greatness of a philosophical work can be measured by the volume and vehemence of the public response, there is little question that Rousseau's Social Contract stands out as a masterpiece. Within a week of its publication in 1762 it was banished from France. Soon thereafter, Rousseau fled to Geneva, where he saw the book burned in public. At the same time, many of his contemporaries, such as Kant, considered Rousseau to be 'the Newton of the moral world', as he was the first philosopher to draw attention to the basic dignity of human nature. The Social Contract has never ceased to be read and debated in the 250 years since its publication. Rousseau's Social Contract: An Introduction offers a thorough and systematic tour of this notoriously paradoxical and challenging text. David Lay Williams offers readers a chapter-by-chapter reading of the Social Contract, squarely confronting these interpretive obstacles. The book also features a special extended appendix dedicated to outlining Rousseau's famous conception of the general will, which has been the object of controversy since the Social Contract's publication in 1762.

Liberty and Law

Liberty and Law Author Britton Armstrong Hill
ISBN-10 HARVARD:32044080055171
Release 1880
Pages 387
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Liberty and Law has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Liberty and Law also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Liberty and Law book for free.

A Discourse on Inequality

A Discourse on Inequality Author Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN-10 9781504035477
Release 2016-04-26
Pages 80
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A fascinating examination of the relationship between civilization and inequality from one of history’s greatest minds The first man to erect a fence around a piece of land and declare it his own founded civil society—and doomed mankind to millennia of war and famine. The dawn of modern civilization, argues Jean-Jacques Rousseau in this essential treatise on human nature, was also the beginning of inequality. One of the great thinkers of the Enlightenment, Rousseau based his work in compassion for his fellow man. The great crime of despotism, he believed, was the raising of the cruel above the weak. In this landmark text, he spells out the antidote for man’s ills: a compassionate revolution to pull up the fences and restore the balance of mankind. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Political Philosophy

Political Philosophy Author Martin Cohen
ISBN-10 0745324703
Release 2008-09-20
Pages 344
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Guiding the reader through the key arguments of the classic figures of Western political philosophy, from Plato through to the modern era, this revised edition includes new essays on Aristotle's "Politics", Confucianism, Islamic social philosophy, and Nazism as well as additional material on "Roman Law", Anarchism and "anti-capitalism". Cohen moves chronologically through the development of political philosophy presenting it as a series of "key texts", which (after setting in context) he allows to speak in their own terms before offering short, precise analyses of their strengths, weaknesses and influence. The book finishes with a discussion of modern liberalism and conservatism. Providing both a broad overview and precise summaries of key ideas, this guide will be invaluable for all students of political thought.

Discourse on the sciences and arts

Discourse on the sciences and arts Author Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN-10 UOM:39015029516294
Release 1992-08-15
Pages 233
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Rousseau attacks the social and political effects of the dominant forms of scientific knowledge.

The Republic Annotated

The Republic  Annotated Author Plato
ISBN-10 1539739635
Release 2016-10-26
Pages 412
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The Republic is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around 380 BC, concerning the definition of justice, the order and character of the just city-state and the just man-for this reason, ancient readers used the name On Justice as an alternative title (not to be confused with the spurious dialogue also titled On Justice). The dramatic date of the dialogue has been much debated and though it might have taken place some time during the Peloponnesian War, "there would be jarring anachronisms if any of the candidate specific dates between 432 and 404 were assigned". Plato's best-known work, it has proven to be one of the world's most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically. In it, Socrates along with various Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and examine whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man by considering a series of different cities coming into existence "in speech", culminating in a city called Kallipolis, which is ruled by philosopher-kings; and by examining the nature of existing regimes. The participants also discuss the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the roles of the philosopher and of poetry in society.