A comprehensive introduction to political philosophy. Introduces key thinkers such as Hobbes, Locke, Marx, Mill, Berlin, Rawls and Nozick. Issues discussed include utilitarianism, liberty, rights, justice and democracy.
Preface -- Why political philosophy? -- Antigone and the politics of conflict -- Socrates and the examined life -- Plato on justice and the human good -- Aristotle's science of regime politics -- The politics of the Bible -- Machiavelli and the art of political founding -- Hobbes's new science of politics -- Locke and the art of constitutional government -- Rousseau on civilization and its discontents -- Tocqueville and the dilemmas of democracy -- In defense of patriotism