History of Political Theory: An Introduction: Volume I: Ancient and Medieval

Paperback | October 10, 2012

byGeorge Klosko

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History of Political Theory: An Introduction is an engaging introduction to the main figures in the history of Western Political Theory and their most important works. Volume I traces the development of political theory "from the beginning" in ancient Greece through the Reformation. Mainsubjects examined include the Classical political theory of the Greek polis, the Hellenistic period, the rise of Christian political theory, political theory of the middle ages, and the Reformation. Major figures examined include Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas, Marsilius ofPadua, and Martin Luther. Throughout, the great theorists are closely examined in their historical contexts, with extensive quotations allowing them to speak for themselves. Central concepts employed in their works are carefully examined, with special attention to how these fit together to form coherent theories. The worksof the great theorists are further considered in regard to how they bear on issues of contemporary concern, such as constitutionalism, natural law, and resistance to unjust authority. The result is not only an exploration of the great works of political theory but a demonstration of their continuingrelevance.

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History of Political Theory: An Introduction is an engaging introduction to the main figures in the history of Western Political Theory and their most important works. Volume I traces the development of political theory "from the beginning" in ancient Greece through the Reformation. Mainsubjects examined include the Classical politic...

George Klosko works in both normative political theory and the history of political thought. His books include Political Obligations (Oxford, 2005), the Second Edition of The Development of Plato's Political Theory (Oxford, 2006), and The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy (2011), which he edited. He is Henry L. an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:412 pagesPublished:October 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContentsPrefaceIntroductionPart I: Classical Political Theory1. Origins: The Polis, Traditional Values, The Sophists2. Socrates3. Plato: The Defense of Justice4. Plato: The Just City5. Aristotle6. Hellenistic Political TheoryPart II: Medieval Political Theory7. The New Testament Background8. St. Augustine9. St. Thomas Aquinas and the High Middle Ages10. Marsilius of Padua and Medieval Constitutionalism11. Reformation Political TheoryChronologyIndex