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Minerva's Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought
Informal in tone yet serious in content, this book serves as a lively and accessible guide for readers discovering the tradition of political thought that dates back to Socrates and Plato. Because the arguments of the great philosophers are nearly eternal, even those long schooled on politics will find that this book calls on recurring questions about morality and power, j ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Harvard University Press
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Readable introduction to political philosophy. Abramson does an admirable job of distilling the fundamental concepts along with their development through the historical "canon". Some attempt is made to make the work more current through numerous examples of how certain topics are received by students he has taught the subject to over the years. I found these less compelling but not really distracting. After years of teaching the subject he almost comes across as apologetic as to whether or not t ...more
This is a very decent introduction and overview of Western political theory. Unfortunately, for a book which uses a quote from Hegel as the title, it's unforgivable that the author dismisses approaching Hegel directly as too difficult, and instead interprets Hegel through the notes of Karl Marx. This curious means of understanding a concept via criticism was a huge disappointment, and I would urge readers that are truly interested in "Minerva's Owl" to look elsewhere.