From the Back Cover
This volume provides an outstanding survey of the major politicalphilosophers of the twentieth century.
Michael H. Lessnoff demonstrates the absurdity of the view thatpolitical philosophy "died" in the twentieth century. In thisclear, acute and authoritative treatment, he demonstrates that thetwentieth century has produced a galaxy of political philosopherswho can stand comparison with those of any earlier period.Originality in political theory was sparked by new politicalproblems and crises, of which this most political of centuries hadmore than its fair share.
Lessnoff charts the responses to political crises by bothliberal and neo-Marxist writers, as well as less easilyclassifiable thinkers such as Arendt and Habermas. He shows alsohow twentieth-century political theories have been shaped byreaction to deep-rooted social and ideological forces such asbureaucratization, rationalization and "disenchantment".
An ideal resource for any student of political thought, thisbook will also be welcomed by all who are interested in politicalphilosophy or the history of our time.
About the Author
Michael H. Lessnoff
is Reader in Politics at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of The Spirit of Capitalism and the Protestant Ethic
(1994); Social Contract
(1986); and The Structure of Social Science: A Philosophical Introduction