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Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present (edition 2003)

by David Boucher (Author)

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A comprehensive introduction to the history of Western political thought written by a line-up of internationally renowned scholars from four continents. This definitive collection provides an overview of the canon of great theorists from Socrates and the Sophists to contemporary thinkers suchas Habermas and Foucault. Each contributor critically discusses the ideas and significance of each thinker and gives a summation of the best contemporary scholarship in the area.This volume will become the major resource for all students of political thought over the next generation.… (more)
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I don't want to provide an enormous review here, as on the whole this is a good book and such an undertaking would require an absolutely enormous amount of reading and historical knowledge. However, having just completed a Masters level course in the 'History of Western Political Thought' I am astounded that Robert Nozick is given such short shrift throughout. Studying the index shows that he garners just two, utterly tangential mentions in the entire 600 page book. Now surely this is a ridiculous oversight - omitting one of the most important political thinkers of the 20th century.

I should add that the editors defend their choice of Rawls, Habermas, Foucault and Oakeshott representing the 20th century on grounds of covering contributions to political thought post-Marx and Nietzsche, however I remain unconvinced of the merit of this decision.
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A comprehensive introduction to the history of Western political thought written by a line-up of internationally renowned scholars from four continents. This definitive collection provides an overview of the canon of great theorists from Socrates and the Sophists to contemporary thinkers suchas Habermas and Foucault. Each contributor critically discusses the ideas and significance of each thinker and gives a summation of the best contemporary scholarship in the area.This volume will become the major resource for all students of political thought over the next generation.

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