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Readership: Upper-division undergraduates or graduate students studying
political philosophy; other readers wtih an interest in poltical philosophy and its history
Michael White, Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University
Michael White is Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University
Acknowledgments and Preface to Second Edition
Chapter 1. Introduction
Politics and Human Nature
The Idea of Human Nature or the Human Good as 'Function': Normative Anthropology
My 'Story' of Political Philosophy-and my Cast of Characters
Enduring Issues in Political Philosophy
Chapter 2. Classical Greek Political Philosophy: Beginnings
Nature or Nurture?
Protagoras' Democratic Traditionalism
The Functionalistic Foundation of the Political Aretai in Nature (physis)
Glaucon's Contractarian Political Theory
Chapter 3. Plato: Government for Corrupted Intellects
Socrates' Polis of Pigs
The 'Republic' of Plato's Republic
The Human Ergon and the Purpose of Political Organization
Furthering Rationality by Means of the Polis?
Why Should Anyone Return to the Cave?
Plato and 'the Rule of Law'
Chapter 4. Aristotle: Politics as the Master Art
The Human Good: Intellectual and Political
Acting Correctly (eupraxia) as a Grand End?
The Polis as a Complete Community
The Role of Politics: The Master Art?
Chapter 5. Cicero: The Cosmic Significance of Politics
Cicero as Champion of the Res Publica
What is Right (ius): The Rule of Law (lex) and Normative Anthropology
Virtues, Duties, and Laws
Chapter 6. Christianity: A Political Religion?
The New Testament and Beyond
The Roman Empire Christianized
The Advent of Tempora Christiana (the Christian era)
Chapter 7. Augustine, Aquinas and Marsilius of Padua: Politics for Saints, Sinners, and Heretics
The Two Rationales of Augustine's City of God
The Two Cities
Theoretical Political Consequences
Christians as Good Citizens of Secular States?
St. Thomas Aquinas
The Human Function: Nature and Praeternature
The 'Parts' of the Eternal Law: Divine, Natural, and Human Law
Political Forms, Procedures, and Other Particulars
Aquinas' Political Philosophy: Some Concluding Observations
Marsilius of Padua
The Autonomous but Coercive Regnum (Political Community) and its Law
The Political Wisdom and Authority of the Whole Body of Citizens (or the weightier part thereof)
Chapter 8. Hobbes and Locke: Seventeenth-Century Contractarianism
Thomas Hobbes: Natural Law Simplified and Modernized
Natural Law, Natural Rights, and the Human Function
Law, Contracts, and the 'Leviathan'
The Civil State: Sovereigns and Subjects
Concluding Thoughts on God and Sovereigns
John Locke: Divinely Mandated Autonomy, Natural Rights, and Property
Moral Knowledge and Human Motivation
The State of Nature and the Social Contract
Property and Liberal Political Theory: Lockean Origins
Chapter 9. Rousseau and Marx: Reaction to Bourgeois-Liberalism
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Autonomous Citizens for the true Republic
The Intertwined Development of Civilization, Corruption, and Morality
The Social Contract and the Émile: Republics and Republican Citizens
Politics and the Human Function
Karl Marx: Distortion of the Human Function within the Bourgeois-Liberal State
Political Emancipation and the Bourgeois-Liberal State
Alienation and the Human Function
Historical Materialism and the Coming of Communism
Concluding Thoughts: The Cook Shops of the Future Made Present
Chapter 10. Mill and Rawls: Liberalism Ascendant?
John Stuart Mill: Perfectionist Liberalism
Liberty and Government
Concluding Thought on Mill and Liberalism
John Rawls: Political (and Non-Perfectionist?) Liberalism
Egalitarian Justice as the "First Virtue of Social Institutions": Basic Assumptions
Rawls' Two Principles of Justice: What they Apply to and Why
Consensus, Public Reason, and the Distinction between Citoyen and Bourgeois
The Ultimate Justification of Rawlsian liberalism?