Here is a list of the best Political Theory books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- 1. Classics of Moral and Political Theory (2011)
- 2. The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, And The Moral Conditions Of Freedom (2017)
- 3. Great Political Theories V.1: A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the Greeks to the Enlightenment (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2008)
- 4. The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory (Oxford Handbooks) (2008)
- 5. Political Theory: An Introduction (2015)
- 6. Great Political Theories V.2: A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the French Revolution to Modern Times (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2008)
- 7. Introduction to Political Theory (2015)
- 8. History of Political Theory: An Introduction: Volume II: Modern (Volume 2) (2013)
- 9. African Americans and the American Political System (4th Edition) (1998)
- 10. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Political Issues, Expanded (2013)
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1. Classics of Moral and Political Theory (2011)
The fifth edition of Michael L. Morgan’s Classics of Moral and Political Theory broadens the scope and increases the versatility of this landmark anthology by offering new selections from Aristotle’s Politics, Aquinas’ Disputed Questions on Virtue and Treatise on Law, as well as the entirety of Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration, Kant’s To Perpetual Peace, and Nietzsche’s On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life….
2. The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, And The Moral Conditions Of Freedom (2017)
This book provides a complete overview of the American Founders’ political theory, covering natural rights, natural law, state of nature, social compact, consent, and the policy implications of these ideas. The book is intended as a response to the current scholarly consensus, which holds that the Founders’ political thought is best understood as an amalgam of liberalism, republicanism, and perhaps other traditions. West argues that, on the contrary, the foundational documents overwhelmingly point to natural rights as the lens through which all politics is understood. The book explores in depth…
3. Great Political Theories V.1: A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the Greeks to the Enlightenment (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2008)
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 serves as 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, the State, Revolution, Liberty, Reason, Materialism, Toleration, and the Separation of Church and State are traced from their origins, through their development and changing patterns, to show how they guide…
Long recognized as one of the main branches of political science, political theory has in recent years burgeoned in many different directions. Close textual analysis of historical texts sits alongside more analytical work on the nature and normative grounds of political values. Continental and post-modern influences jostle with ones from economics, history, sociology, and the law. Feminist concerns with embodiment make us look at old problems in new ways, and challenges of new technologies open whole new vistas for political theory. This Handbook provides comprehensive and critical coverage of the lively and…
5. Political Theory: An Introduction (2015)
This leading text provides a concise and broad-ranging introduction to the contemporary study of political theory. Each chapter discusses a cluster of interrelated concepts and examines how they have been used by different thinkers and traditions and explores related debates and controversies. The fourth edition of this highly successful and accessible book has been substantially revised and updated and includes extra attention throughout to non-Western approaches and international political theory.Systematically covering the foundational concepts that have focused debate from Aristotle, Rousseau, Marx and Mill to the present…
6. Great Political Theories V.2: A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the French Revolution to Modern Times (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2008)
This carefully selected compilation of the significant writings of the great political philosophers, scientists, and thinkers has long been an invaluable guide to the general reader as well as to the serious student of history, political science, and government. Such essential forces as Revolution, Idealism, and Nationalism are examined in detail and expounded by their leading exponents. Professor Curtis has written running commentary that places the extracts and their authors in the sequence of modern history….
7. Introduction to Political Theory (2015)
Introduction to Political Theory is a text for the 21st century. It shows students why an understanding of theory is crucial to an understanding of issues and events in a rapidly shifting global political landscape. Bringing together classic and contemporary political concepts and ideologies into one book, this new text introduces the major approaches to political issues that have shaped the modern world, and the ideas that form the currency of political debate. Introduction to Political Theory relates political ideas to political realities through effective use of examples and case…
History of Political Theory: An Introduction not only explores the great works of Western political theory but demonstrates their continuing relevance. Volume II traces the origin and development of liberal political theory, and so the foundations for contemporary views. The work provides a readable, scholarly introduction to the great figures in Western political theory from Hobbes to Marx. Major theorists examined include Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Burke, Mill, and Marx, not only major figures in the liberal tradition but liberal political theory’s most important critics….
Offers a systematic, theoretical, and structural framework for more accurate appraisal of the relative nature and influence of governing institutions and of past, present, and recurring developments on African-American and American Politics generally. It’s a dynamic systematic appraisal of how African Americans fare within the prevailing theoretical, structural, and functioning patterns of the American political and governmental system. Offers new materials on Black Political participation and voting behavior, e.g., who votes in the Black community; the role of…
volumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with Learning Outcomes, an Issue Summary, an Introduction, and an Exploring the Issue section featuring Critical Thinking and Reflection, Is There Common Ground?, and Additional Resources. readers also offer a Topic Guide and an annotated listing of Internet References for further consideration of the issues. An online with testing material is available for each volume. Using Taking Sides in the…
Best Political Theory Books to Read
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On Biopolitics: An Inquiry Into Nature And Language
Author(s): Marco Piasentier
ID: 2625146, Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
Evil As A Crime Against Humanity: Confronting Mass Atrocities In A Plural World
Author(s): Christof Royer
ID: 2626796, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
Re-evaluating Pico: Aristotelianism, Kabbalism, and Platonism in the Philosophy of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
Author(s): Sophia Howlett
ID: 2831736, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf
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