Political Thinking, Political Theory, and Civil Society

Paperback | March 19, 2008

bySteven M Delue, Timothy Dale

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A comprehensive overview of the Western tradition of political thought that approaches concepts with the aim of helping readers develop their own political thinking and critical thinking skills. This text is uniquely organized around the theme of civil society ¿ what is the nature of a civil society? why is it important? ¿ that will engage students and help make the material relevant. Major thinkers discussed in the text are explored not only with the goal of understanding their views, but also with an interest in understanding the relationship of their ideas to the notion of a civil society. DeLue contends that a civil society is important for securing the way of life that most of us value and want to preserve, a way of life that allows people to live freely and place significance on their own lives.

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A comprehensive overview of the Western tradition of political thought that approaches concepts with the aim of helping readers develop their own political thinking and critical thinking skills. This text is uniquely organized around the theme of civil society ¿ what is the nature of a civil society? why is it important? ¿ that will en...

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A comprehensive overview of the Western tradition of political thought that approaches concepts with the aim of helping students develop their own political thinking and critical thinking skills. This book is uniquely organized around the theme of civil society - what is the nature of a civil society? why is it important? - that will e...

Steven M. DeLue is Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Science at Miami University of Ohio.  He specializes in Political Philosophy, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Timothy Dale is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Upstate.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.75 × 6.7 × 0.8 inPublished:March 19, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205619797

ISBN - 13:9780205619795

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction  Chapter 1: The Importance of a Civil Society  Part I: Civil Society in the Classical and Religious Traditions  Chapter 2: Plato: Civic Virtue And the Just Society  Chapter 3: Aristotle¿s Response to Plato: The Importance of Friendship  Chapter 4: Christian Conceptions of Civic Virtue  Chapter 5: Elements of Islamic and Jewish Medieval Political Thought  Part II: Early Modern Approaches to Civil Society  Chapter 6: Niccol¿ Machiavelli: Civic Virtue and Civil Society  Chapter 7: Thomas Hobbes and Modern Civil Society  Chapter 8: Spinoza and Liberal Democracy  Chapter 9: John Locke, Civil Society, and the Constrained Majority¿  Chapter 10: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Community and Civil Society  Part III: Late Modern and Contemporary Approaches to Civil Society  Chapter 11: Kant: Civil Society and International Order  Chapter 12: Hegel: Civil Society and the State  Chapter 13: Marx and the Economic Argument About Civil Society  Chapter 14: John Stuart Mill: Civil Society as a Higher Calling  Chapter 15: John Rawls: The Just and Fair Civil Society  Chapter 16: The Conservative View: Burke, Tocqueville, and Oakeshott  Part IV: Critiques of Civil Society  Chapter 17: The Critique of Power in Civil Society: Friedrich Nietzsche¿s and Michel Foucault  Chapter 18: Feminist Responses to Civil Society  Chapter 19: Multiculturalism and the Challenges of a Global Civil Society  Chapter 20: Conclusion: Civil Society and Civic Renewal