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  • Second Treatise of Governmentby John Locke; C. B. Macpherson

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1980; US$ 7.50

    The Second Treatise is one of the most important political treatises ever written and one of the most far-reaching in its influence. In his provocative 15-page introduction to this edition, the late eminent political theorist C. B. Macpherson examines Locke's arguments for limited, conditional government, private property, and right of revolution... more...

  • Rousseau: The Basic Political Writingsby Jean-Jacques Rousseau; David Wootton

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2012; US$ 12.50

    This substantially revised new edition of Rousseau: The Basic Political Writings features a brilliant new Introduction by David Wootton, a revision by Donald A. Cress of his own 1987 translation of Rousseau's most important political writings, and the addition of Cress' new translation of Rousseau's State of ?War . New footnotes, headnotes, and... more...

  • Machiavelli: Selected Political Writingsby Niccolo Machiavelli; David Wootton

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1994; US$ 10.75

    Here are The Prince and the most important Discourses, newly translated into spare, vivid English by one of the most gifted historians of his generation. Why a new translation? "Machiavelli was never the dull, worthy, pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations", says David Wootton in his Introduction. "In the pages... more...

  • On Libertyby John Stuart Mill; Elizabeth Rapaport

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1978; US$ 5.95

    Contents include a selected bibliography and an editor's Introduction broken into two sections. The first section provides a brief sketch of the historical, social, and biographical context in which Mill wrote and the second traces the central line of argument in the text to aid in the comprehension of the essay's structure, method, and major... more...

  • Statesmanby Plato; Eva Brann; Peter Kalkavage; Eric Salem

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2012; US$ 6.95

    This is the second of a projected trilogy of dialogues, in which an unnamed stranger sets out to satisfy Socrates' desire for an account of sophist, statesman, and philosopher. (The third was never written.) Focus Philosohpical Library?s Statesman includes a faithful, clear, and consistent translation to English, with notes. It also includes an exploratory... more...

  • The Politics of Aristotleby Aristotle; William Ellis

    The Floating Press 1912; US$ 4.99

    The Politics of Aristotle is the second part of a treatise of which the Ethics is the first part. It looks back to the Ethics as the Ethics looks forward to the Politics. For Aristotle did not separate, as we are inclined to do, the spheres of the statesman and the moralist. In the Ethics he has described the character necessary for the good life,... more...

  • Second Treatise of Governmentby John Locke 2010; US$ 3.99

    The Second Treatise is notable for a number of themes which Locke develops therein. It begins with a depiction of the state of nature, wherein individuals are under no obligation to obey one another but are each themselves judge of what the law of nature requires. It also covers conquest and slavery, property, representative government, and the right... more...

  • Democracy: A Very Short Introductionby Bernard Crick

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    No political concept is more used, and misused, than that of democracy. Nearly every regime today claims to be democratic, but not all 'democracies' allow free politics, and free politics existed long before democratic franchises.This book is a short account of the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, and of the usages and practices associated... more...

  • Political Writingsby Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès; Michael Sonenscher

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2003; US$ 12.50

    The abbé Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès (1748-1836) expressed the essence of his thought in a series of three pamphlets published in the months leading up to the meeting of the Estates-General in 1789. This volume presents all three essays - Views of the Executive Means , An Essay on Privileges , and What Is the Third Estate? - in their entirety. more...

  • Leviathanby Thomas Hobbes; Edwin Curley

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1994; US$ 14.95

    Designed to meet the needs of both student and scholar, this edition of Leviathan offers a brilliant introduction by Edwin Curley, modernized spelling and punctuation of the text, and the inclusion, along with historical and interpretive notes, of the most significant variants between the English version of 1651 and the Latin version of 1668. A glossary... more...