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Modern Political Thought [Paperback]

Raymond Plant
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August 26, 1991 063114224X 978-0631142249 1
A stimulating introduction to central issues of political theory, including liberty, rights and the state, and the claims of need and politics.

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"The book is at all times 'accessible' to beginning students of political theory." Australian Journal of Political Science

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Political theory is usually at its most vital and interesting in periods of political crisis and uncertainty. This is as true today as it was for Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Marx.

The aim of this much needed textbook is to provide students with both a review and an analysis of the wealth of literature in the area and to provide a genuinely introductory account of modern political thought. An important feature of the book is its use of practical examples to stimulate students' thinking on questions of political value and political principle. Raymond Plant writes throughout with vigor and clarity.

This book will be essential reading for students of politics, government and political philosophy.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 26, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 063114224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631142249
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,033,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid introduction to political theory December 23, 2007
As a student of political science I have had to read through quite a few books similiar to this one, attempting to provide an introduction to political theory. In my opinion this work is by far one of the better ones. Not only is it easy to read, but also covers a great deal of important topics.

Most introductary books to political sets out to present political theory from a historical point of view, often in chronological order starting with Plato and ending with Rawls or Nozick. Not so here however. What Plant instead does is to outline general intellectual currents, starting with the positivist movement in 1930. This makes the book far less tedious to read and also more informative.

This is not the book to read if you want a historical overview of political theory, instead it is a book which immediately invites you to participate in contemporary issues of political philosophy. To put it shortly the book is more philosophical than historical.

This is one of the books I often return to writing my papers and I warmly recomend it.
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