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Western Political Thought | Shefali Jha - PEARSON

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Table of Content

• The Greek City-State: Democratic Institutions in Athens
• Plato (427-347 bce): Justice and Reason
• Aristotle (384-322 bce): Moral Action and the Best Constitution
• Augustine and Thomas Aquinas: Christian Political Thought in the Middle Ages
• Machiavelli (1469-1527): Humanism and Republicanism
• Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679): Contract as the Basis of Political Obligation
• John Locke (1632-1704): Theological Premises and Liberal Limits on Government
• Rousseau (1712-1778): The General Will and Moral and Political Liberty
• Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832): Representative Government as the Maximizer of Utility
• John Stuart Mill (1806-1873): The Benefits of the Liberty of Men and Women for Society
• G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831): The Social Conditions for a Non-Contractual Theory of Freedom
• Karl Marx (1818-1883): The State and Class Struggle
• Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937): Hegemony in  Civil Society as a Basis of the Modern State
• John Rawls (1921-2002): A Liberal Egalitarian Theory of Justice
• Carole Pateman, Martha C. Nussbaum, Judith Butler: Contemporary Feminist Theory 

Salient Features

• Three new chapters have been added to this edition on Antonio Gramsci, John Rawls and Contemporary Feminist Theory.
• Each chapter carries boxes with excerpts and Central Themes to understand the content in detail.
• The book presents a wide perspective on various social and political ideologies.
• Primarily this book is for students studying Political Science in colleges and universities, but this will be also useful for research Scholars.


Western Political Thought, 2e is an  attempt to include in its reach the political ideas of some of the more recent thinkers. These thinkers certainly draw on the classics of western political thought like the writings of Marx, Rousseau, Locke and Aristotle however, they also extend our understanding of the political thought in several ways. The latest edition gives a comprehensive account of the thread of political thought that stretches from the ancient Greeks to modern times. Analysing political philosophies chronologically, this book offers valuable insights into the political structures of societies across the ages, and presents a wide perspective on the various social and political ideologies.

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