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Great Political Thinkers: Plato to the Present 5th Edition

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Part I: Ancient and Medieval. 1. Roots of the West. 2. The Greek Discover of Reason in Nature. 3. Plato. 4. Aristotle. 5. Polybius. 6. Cicero. 7. Stoicism and Epicureanism: Two Hellenistic Philosophies. 8. The Jewish Belief in One God, and Christian Love. 9. St. Augustine. 10. John of Salisbury. 11. St. Thomas Aquinas. 12. Dante. 13. Marsilio of Padua. Part II: Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries. 14. Machiavelli. 15. The Protestant Reformation. 16. Bodin. 17. Hobbes. 18. Locke. 19. Montesquieu. 20. Hume. 21. Rousseau. 22. Kant. 23. Smith. 24. Burke. Part III: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. 25. Bentham. 26. Tocqueville. 27. Mill. 28. Hegel. 29. Revolutionary Communism. 30. Nietzsche. 31. Fascism. 32. Freud. 33. Gandhi. 34. From Classical Liberalism to Democratic Socialism. 35. The Welfare State. 36. Libertarianism. 37. Berlin. 38. Rawls. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 5th edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030470285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030470288
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles Cameron on March 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book in 1975. It is the remaining text from my undergraduate days that I keep on my book shelf... a tremndous resource.
I actually took the class of the same title at UC Santa Barbara from Dr. Ebenstein himself. Back then, he was a giant in the political science field (still is) and we stood in awe of him. At the same time, he was the only professor I had there who would invite us to a brown-bag lunch each week to discuss course work and his personal experience in Europe before and during WWII. I cherish the text as a reminder of my unbelievable good fortune to have known this great scholar as well as a kind and gentle man. He and this book continue to inspire me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Youri on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was required to read this for my intro. to Political Science class, respectfully named Western Political Tradition. I could not think of a more useful and concise book for students to have during their studies, especially for those wanting to have the main arguments of the worlds leading philosophers.Starts with the Greeks on to present thinkers such as Hayek and Rawls, with biographical backgrounds followed by some of the works they are most famous for.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dirk McLiesh on February 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful reference and overview for any student of philosophy, politics, history or economics. The book's style is excellent, with a cogent introductory section to each chapter giving the reader a sense of context, and then long tracts of the philosophers' original texts. This is one book that you'll go back to time and time again, and come away from with a better understanding of how the world (at least the western world) works.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. Cross on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have the 3rd Edition from college and recently returned to it to read some parts that were omitted then. The book is great because it is not only a comprehensive anthology of important political thought but it also has well-written introductions that explain what you are about to read. Since some of the writers are not the easiest to read in the original, the introduction plays an important part in understanding what you are reading. And don't worry about the price -- you are buying a lifetime reference book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alc on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book (not completely) just out of high school, for the purpose of a little education prior to declaration of a Political Science major. It was easy to read and concepts were easily understood. This book gives enough information to answer basic questions of Political Science as well as creating deeper more involved questions to be answered elsewhere. This is a great background book. Personally, I love the ancient philosphers and this book does a good job of using their best works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Patton on December 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
William Ebenstien produced an excellent overview of political thought and Alan Ebenstien improved its brilliance. Its organization is sound and the passages chosen are very well thought out.

Ebenstien's introductions are prolific and insightful. He has a masterful knowledge and understanding of true meaning, context, and consequences of the ideas presented. I reccommend this book to anyone interested in gaining a thorough overview of politcal thought and its origins. I found this book to be clear and rich.

I also encourage Professors of Western Politcal Thought to use this book and challenge thier students to have a greater understanding of ideas, their origins and consequences. In the Hegelian way, understanding history and the context of our times is of the utmost importance. This book will serve its readers well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I used this book in college, I think maybe an earlier edition, very good readings of different political thinks, put together very well, I must say one of the best political science text books.
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William Ebenstien produced an excellent overview of political thought and Alan Ebenstien improved its brilliance. Its organization is sound and the passages chosen are very well thought out.

Ebenstien's introductions are prolific and insightful. He has a masterful knowledge and understanding of true meaning, context, and consequences of the ideas presented. I reccommend this book to anyone interested in gaining a thorough overview of politcal thought and its origins. I found this book to be clear and rich.

I also encourage Professors of Western Politcal Thought to use this book and challenge thier students to have a greater understanding of ideas, their origins and consequences. In the Hegelian way, understanding history and the context of our times is of the utmost importance. This book will serve its readers well.
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