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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415211964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415211963
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,796,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Warburton (1962 - ). Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher and podcaster and bestselling author of several popular introductory Philosophy books including A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question. He has also co-edited two books based on his popular Philosophy podcast which he makes with David Edmonds 'Philosophy Bites'. On Twitter he his @philosophybites, and he runs the weblogs Virtual Philosopher and Art and Allusion. His other podcasts include Social Science Bites, Free Speech Bites, Everyday Philosophy, and Philosophy: The Classics - all available on iTunes.

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..."a valuable and unique tool for teaching political thought."
-Lesley Jacobs, York University, Toronto
"This is an excellent book which will very quickly become an essential textbook for political thought and political philosophy courses."
-Peter Starie, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Portsmouth
"This reader is a clever idea, deftly executed, with readable and helpful introductions to the classic texts, together with a first-class selection of supplementary readings."
-Dudley Knowles, University of Glasgow

About the Author

Nigel Warburton is lecturer in philosophy at the Open University. He is author of the bestsellers Philosophy: The Basics; Thinking from A-Z; Philosophy: the Classics; Philosophy: Basic Readings, and Freedom: An Introduction with readings, all published by Routledge.
Derek Matravers is senior lecturer in philosophy at the Open University. He is the author of Art and Emotion (1998).
Jon Pike is staff tutor in Philosophy at the Open University. He is the author of From Aristotle to Marx (1999).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RLWhiting on 18 Feb. 2011
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Really good resource for anyone studying or interested in the history of political philosophy.

You get an in depth discussion of each philosopher, and then a few select articles chosen by the editors. It gives a good basic understanding of the key concepts and ideas behind the philosopher's arguments, whilst also highlighting areas that are good for critical discussion.

Overall, well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Impresive overview of the foundations of modern political thought 10 Dec. 2009
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Well written and an engaging read - either as a stand alone introduction to the history of political thought, or as a companion to the original texts. The authors not only present the key elements of the original works in an easy to digest format, but also challenge the reader to critically question many of the concepts, thus guiding the reader towards a fuller understanding of this classic material.
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