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Social and Political Philosophy: Readings from Plato to Gandhi
An anthology of basic statements by the most influential social and political philosophers of Western civilization. Includes Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Marx and Engels, Hitler, Gandhi, and others.
Published 1963 by Doubleday Anchor
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My edition of this book was published in the 1960's. Later editions have been published, it seems, but I still doubt anyone is going to read this review because the collection is slightly outdated, ending at Gandhi. Other writings have been published since that could and no doubt should qualify for this type of collection; MLK or Malcolm X or Stephen Biko or Nelson Mandela, for instance. No matter, I do recommend THIS collection, so if you happen to be reading my review and you are looking for a ...more
I've only read the selections of Plato, Aristotle, Marx and Engels, Mussolini, and Hitler but this anthology is a gem of social and political philosophy. I also admire the diverse selections the editors chose; I believe you must understand what you disagree with in order to better understand what you agree with.