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The philosophy of politics

As an introduction to political theory and science, this collection of writings by the great philosophers will be of close interest to general readers. It also forms a basic textbook for students of government and political theory. Such fundamental concepts as Democracy, the Rule of Law, Justice, Natural Rights, Sovereignty, Citizenship, Power, th

Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1961)
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Michael Gerald Dealino
I read this book as required reading for one of my major Political Science Courses, Political Theory, in DLSU. I was much interested in political philosophy and expected to learn a lot about the evolution of theoretical discourse of politics. Though the book introduced me to thinkers and concepts I was only briefly aware of at that time, I think the book could have been more effective if only the author made a more thorough analysis and explanation of some of Political Science's ideas and values ...more
This book gives the reader much to absorb. "The Great Political Theories" touches on nearly every school of political thought, starting in ancient Greece and ending with the French Philosophes. Having these theories presented in chronological order helps to form a picture of how various governments developed throughout the ages.

There were a few philosophers I especially enjoyed. To me, the highlights included Sophocles, Plato, Cicero, Polybius, Marcus Aurelius, Machiavelli, John of Salisbury, an
Jotam Magracia
Cold philosophy wont chill me.
This is a great book in terms of providing an entryway into the great political thinkers from the Greeks to the Enlightenment. As a Political Science undergraduate student, I enjoy being able to revive my studies, revisit people I need to study more, and I just found Francois Hotman and his francogallia. The idea of the "Old Constitutional Form" pg 272 is finding its relevancy again today.
Alberto Neto
Good introduction to political theory. As an engineer, it is interesting to see how people think outside the science field. It took me a while to go over the book as the extracts from the original books are sometimes hard to read~ Nevertheless, the author provides a quick briefing on the theory for each part which makes it easy to understand and enjoy. Looking forward to reading volume 2
I nursed this book along for a really long time. of course that's the nice thing about something like this where you can pick it up in between other things. I'm a big fan of encouraging people to read original works not just someone else's opinion on what was written. This is a nice way to see the evolution of political thought and to get introduced to the original works.
Note to self: Main reference for Soc Sci 2: Social, Economic and Political Thought under Prof. Raymond Quilop, First Semester 1995-96, GE course from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman.

A good collection of original writings in political philosophy from Plato through Montesquieu following the development of fundamental concepts of western political science.
I really learned a lot from this book.All the big names contained in this book, Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes,Locke,etc. are very interesting to read..
it makes me think more about the social structure when the theories where written
Another of my favorite political theory books.
Joy Lee
A book we were assigned to read 2 years ago.
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