On Liberty and Other Essays (Oxford World's Classics)

Amassed the following in one quantity for the 1st time are John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, Utilitarianism, concerns on consultant Government, and The Subjection of Women. those essays convey Mill utilising his liberal utilitarian philosophy to a variety of concerns that stay important today--the nature of ethics, the scope and bounds of person liberty, the advantages of and prices of democratic executive, and where of ladies in society. In his creation John grey describes those essays as functions of Mill's doctrine of the Art of Life, as set out in A process of Logic. utilizing the assets of modern scholarship, he exhibits Mill's paintings to be some distance richer and subtler than conventional interpretations allow.

About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different useful positive aspects, together with specialist introductions via prime professionals, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for extra learn, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Persecution and the Art of Writing

By Leo Strauss

The essays amassed in Persecution and the artwork of Writing all care for one problem—the relation among philosophy and politics. right here, Strauss units forth the thesis that many philosophers, in particular political philosophers, have reacted to the specter of persecution through disguising their such a lot debatable and heterodox ideas.

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Plato's Political Philosophy

By Mark Blitz

This complete, but compact, advent examines Plato's realizing of legislations, justice, advantage, and the relationship among politics and philosophy.

Focusing on 3 of Plato's dialogues― The Laws, The Republic, and The Statesman―Mark Blitz lays out the philosopher's crucial pursuits in govt and the energy and restrict of the legislations, the relationship among legislation and piety, the significance of founding, and the prestige and bounds of political wisdom. He examines all of Plato's discussions of politics and virtues, reviews on particular dialogues, and discusses the philosopher's explorations of attractiveness, excitement, stable, and the family members among politics and cause. all through, Blitz reinforces Plato's emphasis on transparent and rigorous reasoning in ethics and political lifestyles and explains in simple language the dear classes you possibly can draw from reading Plato's writings.

The merely creation to Plato that either gathers his separate discussions of politically appropriate themes and will pay shut realization to the context and constitution of his dialogues, this quantity without delay contrasts the fashionable view of politics with that of the traditional grasp. it's a superb significant other to Plato's Dialogues.

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The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Two "Discourses" and the "Social Contract"

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Individualist and communitarian. Anarchist and totalitarian. Classicist and romanticist. innovative and reactionary. because the eighteenth century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been acknowledged to be all of these items. Few philosophers were the topic of as a lot or as severe debate, but nearly every person has the same opinion that Rousseau is likely one of the most crucial and influential thinkers within the historical past of political philosophy. This new version of his significant political writings, released within the 12 months of the three-hundredth anniversary of his delivery, renews consciousness to the perennial significance of Rousseau’s work.

The publication brings jointly marvelous new translations by means of popular Rousseau pupil John T. Scott of 3 of Rousseau’s works: the Discourse at the Sciences and Arts, the Discourse at the foundation and Foundations of Inequality between males, and On the Social agreement. The Discourses convey Rousseau constructing his recognized notion of the average goodness of guy and the issues posed by way of lifestyles in society. With the Social agreement, Rousseau turned the 1st significant philosopher to argue that democracy is the one valid kind of political association. Scott’s large creation complements our realizing of those foundational writings, offering historical past info, social and old context, and counsel for analyzing the works. all through, translation and editorial notes make clear principles and phrases that would now not be instantly generic to such a lot readers.
The 3 works accumulated in The significant Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau symbolize a big contribution to eighteenth-century political idea that has exerted an in depth impression on generations of thinkers, starting with the leaders of the French Revolution and carrying on with to the current day. the hot translations on provide right here could be welcomed by way of a large readership of either Rousseau students and readers with a common curiosity in political thought.

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The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte

By Isaac Nakhimovsky

This publication offers a tremendous new account of Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Closed advertisement State, a huge early nineteenth-century improvement of Rousseau and Kant's political proposal. Isaac Nakhimovsky exhibits how Fichte reformulated Rousseau's constitutional politics and radicalized the commercial implications of Kant's social agreement concept together with his safeguard of the ideal to paintings. Nakhimovsky argues that Fichte's sequel to Rousseau and Kant's writings on perpetual peace represents a pivotal second within the highbrow historical past of the pacification of the West. Fichte claimed that Europe couldn't rework itself right into a peaceable federation of constitutional republics except fiscal existence should be disentangled from the aggressive dynamics of kinfolk among states, and he asserted that this disentanglement required transitioning to a deliberate and principally self-sufficient nationwide economic climate, made attainable by means of a thorough financial coverage. Fichte's principles have resurfaced with approximately each challenge of globalization from the Napoleonic wars to the current, and his e-book is still a uniquely systematic and whole dialogue of what John Maynard Keynes later termed "national self-sufficiency." Fichte's provocative contribution to the social agreement culture reminds us, Nakhimovsky concludes, that the mix of a liberal conception of the country with an open economic climate and overseas method is a way more contingent and precarious final result than many contemporary theorists have tended to assume.

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Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation

Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas, twentieth-century Jewish philosophers and tremendous provocative thinkers whose reputations have grown significantly, are hardly ever studied jointly. this is often end result of the disparate pursuits of lots of their highbrow heirs. Strauss has stimulated political theorists and coverage makers at the correct whereas Levinas has been championed within the humanities by way of varied cadres linked to postmodernist proposal. In Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation, first released in 2006, Leora Batnitzky brings jointly those likely incongruous contemporaries, demonstrating that they generally had an analogous philosophical assets and their tasks had many formal parallels. whereas any such comparability is efficacious in itself for higher figuring out each one determine, it additionally increases profound questions within the debate at the definitions of 'religion', suggesting ways in which faith makes claims on either philosophy and politics.

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The Letters of Machiavelli : A Selection

This selection of the main outstanding and attribute letters of Niccolò Machiavelli screens the very important and penetrating brain of the guy who wrote the 1st paintings of recent political technology. those letters, which display Machiavelli's serious intelligence, humorousness, and chic experience, are our leader resource of knowledge approximately his own lifestyles. As such, they're going to function a bright creation to the personalities and occasions of the main turbulent interval of the Renaissance, and they'll additionally enlighten those who were fascinated with the political philosopher who wrote The Prince and The Discourses on Livy.

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Finding Oneself in the Other

By G. A. Cohen

This is the second one of 3 volumes of posthumously accrued writings of G. A. Cohen, who was once one of many prime, and such a lot revolutionary, figures in modern political philosophy. This quantity brings jointly a few of Cohen's so much own philosophical and nonphilosophical essays, lots of them formerly unpublished. wealthy in first-person narration, perception, and humor, those items vividly show why Thomas Nagel defined Cohen as a "wonderful raconteur."

The nonphilosophical spotlight of the publication is Cohen's outstanding account of his first journey to India, along with unforgettable vignettes of encounters with strangers and reflections on poverty and begging. different biographical items contain his valedictory lecture at Oxford, within which he describes his philosophical improvement and provides his impressions of alternative philosophers, and "Isaiah's Marx, and Mine," a tribute to his mentor Isaiah Berlin. different essays handle such issues because the fact in "small-c conservatism," who can and cannot condemn terrorists, and the essence of bullshit. A routine subject matter is discovering finishing touch relating to the realm of alternative people. enticing, perceptive, and empathetic, those writings display a extra own aspect of 1 of the main influential philosophers of our time.

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Thoughts on Machiavelli

By Leo Strauss

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) joined the college of Chicago as professor of political philosophy in 1949 and used to be later named Robert Maynard Hutchins distinctive carrier Professor Emeritus in political technology. His many books comprise Liberalism, historical and Modern, and The urban and Man, either to be had from the collage of Chicago Press.

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