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A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy (Isi Guides to the by Harvey C. Mansfield

By Harvey C. Mansfield

The e-book is a quick chronological account of Western political idea interspersed with a number of the author's options. i used to be dissatisfied at the start whilst i noticed how brief this publication I had received was once simply because i used to be hoping for a few meaty studying, yet i spotted that the most goal of this ebook is to direct the reader to the particular texts. Mansfield supplies a brief checklist on the finish of the e-book of the easiest translations.

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878-950). The Political Regime, in Medieval Political Philosophy, ed. Ralph Lerner and Muhsin Mahdi. Moses Maimonides (1135-1204). The Guide for the Perplexed, trans. Shlomo Pines. Intro. by Leo Strauss. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). On Law, Morality, and Politics (excerpts), ed. William P. Baumgarth and Richard J. Regan, S. J. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). The Prince, trans. Harvey C. Mansfield; Discourses on Livy, trans. Harvey C. Mansfield and Nathan Tarcov. Francis Bacon (1561-1626). New Atlantis.

In his politics, Rousseau proposed to turn the unattractive bourgeoisie into citizens with a simple but paradoxical theoretical twist that would give selfish individuals a general will. This would be “as it were” a change of human nature, hence almost the new man I spoke of. They would “alienate” their particular rights to the collectivity, and by the very act of alienating create that collectivity together with a general will to guide it. This almost-new man would live in a new society equipped with a general will enabling it to come to decisions without having to deal with partisan or selfish divisions.

For this purpose he wrote his Discourses on Livy, a loose commentary on the Roman historian Titus Livy. As you read along in that book, 32 A Student’s Guide to Political Philosophy you realize that Machiavelli is gradually replacing Livy’s analysis with his own; these are Machiavelli’s Romans, not the Romans as they were, or as they appeared to themselves. At the same time you begin to see that the ancients were not so strong after all, for they lost out to the Christians—the ancient Romans succumbed to the modern Romans.

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