Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Hardcover | July 5, 2012

byJohn Plamenatz

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This volume presents lucid and insightful lectures on three great figures from the history of political thought, by John Plamenatz (1912-1975), a leading political philosopher of his time. He explores a range of themes in the political thought of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, atsubstantially greater length and depth than in his famous work of 1961, Man and Society. The lectures exemplify Plamenatz's view that repeated engagement with the texts of canonical thinkers can substantially enrich and expand our capacity for political reflection. Edited by Mark Philp and Zbigniew Pelczynski, the volume includes annotations to supply Plamenatz's sources and to referreaders to developments in their interpretation. A substantial introduction by Philp sets some of Plamenatz's concerns in the light of trends in recent scholarship, and illuminates the relevance of his work to the contemporary study of political thought.

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This volume presents lucid and insightful lectures on three great figures from the history of political thought, by John Plamenatz (1912-1975), a leading political philosopher of his time. He explores a range of themes in the political thought of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, atsubstantially greater length and depth than in his fa...

John Plamenatz (1912-1975) was a Montenegrin political philosopher, who succeeded Isaiah Berlin as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford. The best-known of his many books on the political thought is Man and Society: A Critical Examination of Some Important Social and Political Theories from Machiavelli to Marx (1...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mark Philp: IntroductionMachiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau: Introductory LecturePart One: Machiavelli1. The Morally Neutral Political Scientist2. Virtue and the Double Standard3. Republics and Freedom4. Machiavelli: an Egalitarian?5. The Leader, the Legislator, the Prince, and the PatriotPart Two: Hobbes6. A General Assessment of his Political Philosophy7. Obligation, Law, and Covenant I8. Obligation, Law, and Covenant II9. Sovereign Authority and the Right Of Resistance (I)10. Sovereign Authority and the Right Of Resistance (II)Part Three: Rousseau11. Rousseau's Place in the History of Political Thought12. Rousseau's Conception of Freedom13. Inequality: Its Origins and Effects14. Man's Natural Goodness and his Corruption by Society15. Reason, Freedom, and Justice16. The Sovereign People, the Law, and the Citizen17. Community and the CitizenIndex