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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Survey of Political Thought!
In a lengthy and readable manner, White (Arizona State University) provides a capable introduction to major political philosophers in the Western tradition. Generally, the text follows a traditional approach by surveying seminal thinkers and texts, but the author, influenced by recent efforts to place political philosophy "within the context of a more comprehensive...
Published on October 23, 2012 by Dr. Lee Cheek

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Not an adequate treatment of Rousseau and Marx; didn't check out other authors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Survey of Political Thought!, October 23, 2012
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Dr. Lee Cheek (Vidalia, Georgia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction (Paperback)
In a lengthy and readable manner, White (Arizona State University) provides a capable introduction to major political philosophers in the Western tradition. Generally, the text follows a traditional approach by surveying seminal thinkers and texts, but the author, influenced by recent efforts to place political philosophy "within the context of a more comprehensive moral, philosophical, or religious point of view" (p. 414), provides a supplemental basis of analysis for the reader to contemplate as well. The underlying argument of the text is most laudable, but insufficient use is made of the recent scholarship that most closely conforms to this mode of interpretation.

As a second edition, the book includes a new chapter on Cicero, and new sections on Marsilius of Padua and John Stuart Mill. The chapter on Cicero addresses the interconnectivity between reason and morality in Cicero's political thought. Additional contributions of the text are the author's attempt to introduce, and then explicate, the "enduring issues" of political philosophy as a framework (pp. 13-17) for better understanding contemporary politics, and the thoughtful treatment of Christianity's role in shaping the political thought of the West (chapter 6).

H. Lee Cheek, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
University of North Georgia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, March 18, 2013
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A great historical introduction to political philosophy. I highly recommend this and would put it up against any other historical introductory work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, August 24, 2014
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Not an adequate treatment of Rousseau and Marx; didn't check out other authors.
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