- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405189967
- ISBN-13: 978-1405189965
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Edited by Paul Schumaker, who is professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas, and just published by Wiley-Blackwell, this is an outstanding and definitive publication which will become a standard text for students of politics." (Orange Standard, June 2010)
"This [book] one offers at best a taste of political theory's intellectual richness." (Sacramento Book Review, June 2010)
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The Political Theory Reader is a collection of more than 80 important readings that address the contested philosophical assumptions and competing principles of politics. Included are key selections by canonical figures in the history of political thought, the founders of the major ideological perspectives of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and leading contemporary political theorists and philosophers. After opening chapters on the nature of political theory and selections introducing the major ideologies of the past 200 years, the readings are then arranged thematically, providing alternative perspectives on 11 great issues of politics, ranging from conceptions of human nature and the nature of political knowledge to questions of authority, citizenship, and justice. This structure not only helps to illustrate the diversity and evolution of political thinking, but also encourages the comparative evaluation of competing viewpoints.
Aimed at those coming new to the study of political theory, the Reader offers a carefully organized selection of unparalleled breadth, allowing students to see how different ideological voices express their beliefs about the great issues of politics and how political theory has evolved in its discussion of these issues.
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As with all such collections, this one offers at best a taste of political theory's intellectual richness and I would say the editor did the reader no favor by organizing the volume by topic rather than chronology, but this is perhaps an individual bias. Hopefully, interested readers who pick the book up will feel compelled to read on and grapple with history's greatest thinkers, rather than thinking they can gain a serious understanding by perusing snippets. One word of warning, readers may note the relative brevity of this book given its topic; between a small font and two columns of text per page, some young readers will still find themselves reaching for a magnifying glass.