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Political Philosophy: From Plato to Mao: Book by Martin Cohen

Political Philosophy: From Plato to Mao

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ISBN: 9780745316031    Publisher: Pluto Press Year of publishing: 2001     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 224        Language: English
This introduction to political philosophy explores the history of ideas and ways of thinking about society. Beginning with Plato's "Utopia", Cohen goes on to discuss political philosophies from Niccolo...Read more
This introduction to political philosophy explores the history of ideas and ways of thinking about society. Beginning with Plato's "Utopia", Cohen goes on to discuss political philosophies from Niccolo Machiavelli's "Psychology of the State" through to Hobbes' "Wicked World", John Locke, Adam Smith, Rousseau, Marxism, Italian Fascism, Maoism and beyond. Theory is set within the social context of a historical narrative, in what amounts to a history of civilization, encompassing a range of philosophers from Plato and the Enlightenment humanists to Hayek and Fukuyama.
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About the author: Martin Cohen
Martin Cohen is Research Fellow at University College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, and author of 101 Philosophy Problems (Routledge, 1999).

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Review:
This unusual book, hard to classify, is almost a handbook of the history of political philosophy -- but not quite. Not only does Cohen give his own idiosyncratic view of each [philosopher covered (...Read more
This unusual book, hard to classify, is almost a handbook of the history of political philosophy -- but not quite. Not only does Cohen give his own idiosyncratic view of each [philosopher covered ( and his scope is broad, including politics and economics), he also exercises his own views on whom to include. The result is an interesting read for those who are conversant in the area. This is a very interesting retrospective of political philosophy and the insights of its myriad contributors to the understanding of contemporary political and economic phenomena. Recommended for sophisticated undergraduates and above." -- CHOICE"Cohen's approach is the only one that offers a broad sweep across the history of political thought starting with Plato's "Republic" and ending with Mao's "Little Red Book." This range is covered with surprising agility and clarity. The central advantages of this book are undoubtedly its lucidity, range and unorthodox approach to presenting key thinkers who have deeply influenced political philosophy." -- The Times, London
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