It is crucial to have your own copy of the core texts (indicated below) and bring them with you to Tutorials



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Core Texts
It is crucial to have your own copy of the core texts (indicated below) and bring them with you to Tutorials.


  1. Plato The Republic (esp. books I-V)

Available free on-line @ http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/republic.1.introduction.html





  1. Aristotle The Politics (esp.book 1, chs 1-6; book III, chs 1-18)

Available free on-line @



http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/politics.2.two.html
The Nicomachean Ethics (book V, chs 1-5)
Available free on-line @

http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.html



  1. N Machiavelli The Prince

(Entire text)
Available free on-line @

http://www.constitution.org/mac/prince00.htm

4. T Hobbes Leviathan (esp. pt 1, chs 10-16, pt II - chs 17-30)

Available free on-line @

http://www.orst.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/hobbes/leviathan-contents.html

5. J Locke The Second Treatise on Government

(Entire text)
Available free on-line @

http://www.constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm

General Reading – Books, journals etc


* = Important text

Many of these texts contain introductory chapters on the thinkers we are studying.


Skinner The Foundations of Modern Political Thought. Vol.2, The Age of reformation

Wolin, S Politics and Vision

MacPherson, C. B The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

Burns & Goldie (eds.) The Cambridge History of Political Thought 1450-1700

Foryth, & Keens-Soper Political Classics: a guide to the essential texts from Plato to Rousseau

*Hampsher-Monk, I A History of Modern Political Thought

McLelland, J. S A History of Political Thought

Pateman, C The Problem of Political Obligation

*Plamenatz, J Man & Society: political and social theories from Machiavelli to Marx

Sabine, G The History of Political Thought


Topic Readings


Plato
Plato The Laws

Plato The Statesman

Annas, J Plato: a very short introduction

Lycos, K Plato on justice and power

Kraut, R (ed.) Plato’s Republic: critical essays

Reeve, C.D.C. Philosopher-kings: the argument of Plato’s Republic

Rice, D. H. A guide to Plato’s Republic

Santas, G (ed.) The Blackwell guide to Plato’s Republic

Samaras, T Plato on democracy

Vlastos, G (ed.) Plato: a collection of critical essays

Williams, B Plato: the invention of philosophy

Wilson, J. F. The politics of moderation: an interpretation of Plato’s Republic




Note: you will also find these articles on Plato on the WebCT site for this module
Heinaman,  R., ‘Social Justice in Plato’s Republic,Polis, 15 (1998), pp.  23-44.

Loizou, A., ‘The Threefold Psyche and the Dramatisation of Justice in Plato’s Republic,Polis, 16 (1999), pp. 30-50.

Demetriou, K. N., ‘A ‘Legend’ in Crisis: The Debate over Plato’s Politics,’ 1930-1960, Polis, 19 (2002), pp. 61-92.

McCoy, M. B., ‘Sophistry and Philosophy in Plato’s Republic,’ Polis, 22, 2 (2005), pp. 265-86.

Schofield, M., ‘Law and Absolutism in the Republic,’ Polis, 23, 2 (2006), pp. 319-27.

Wallach, J. R., ‘Democracy in Ancient Greek Political Theory: 1906–2006,’ Polis, 23, 2 (2006), pp. 350-67.

Aristotle
Aristotle The Nicomachean ethics

Barker, E. (trans.)The Politics of Aristotle

Everson, S (ed.) The Politics and The Constitution of Athens

Shields, C Aristotle

Kraut, R (ed.) The Blackwell guide to Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics

Frank, J A democracy of distinction: Aristotle and the work of politics

Kraut, R Aristotle: political philosophy  

Barnes, J Aristotle: a very short introduction

Voegelin, E Plato and Aristotle  

Barnes, J (ed.) The Cambridge companion to Aristotle

Miller, F. D. Nature, justice, and rights in Aristotle’s Politics

Ross, D Aristotle

Barnes, J Aristotle  

Grimaldi, W. M.A. Aristotle’s Rhetoric: a commentary

Barker, E The political thought of Plato and Aristotle

Machiavelli
Machiavelli, N Discourse on Livy

Available free on-line @



http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm

Coyle, M (ed.) Niccolò Machiavelli's The prince: new interdisciplinary essays

Plamenatz, J Man and society: political and social theories from Machiavelli to Marx Vol. 1, From the Middle Ages to Locke. -- 2nd ed

Viroli, M et al (ed.) Machiavelli and republicanism

Garver, E Machiavelli and the history of prudence

Hulliung, M Citizen Machiavelli

Skinner, Q Machiavelli

Fleisher, M (ed.) Machiavelli and the nature of political thought

Gilmore, M. P (ed.) Studies on Machiavelli

Parel, A The political calculus: essays on Machiavelli's philosophy



Hobbes
Baumgold, D Hobbes’s Political Theory

Beackon, S & Reeve, A The Benefits of Reasonable Conduct: The

Leviathan Theory of Obligation, Political Theory, 4,

4, (1976) pp.423-38

Gauthier, D The Logic of Leviathan: The Moral and Political Theory of Thomas Hobbes

Gauthier, D The Social Contract as Ideology, Philosophy and



Public Affairs, 6, 2, (1977) p.130-6

Hampsher-Monk, I A History of Modern Political Thought ch.1

Hampton, J Hobbes and the Social Contract Tradition

Kavka, G Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory

Macpherson, C. B The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism ch.2

McNeilly, F. S The Anatomy of Leviathan

Peters, R. S Hobbes

Rogers, G. A & Ryan, A Perspectives on Thomas Hobbes

von Leyden, W Hobbes and Locke

Warrender, H The Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes



Locke
von Leyden, W Hobbes and Locke

Dunn, J The Political Thought of John Locke

Gough , J. W John Locke’s Political Philosophy

Grant, R John Locke’s Liberalism

Hampsher-Monk, I A History of Modern Political Thought ch.2

Harris, I The Mind of John Locke

Macpherson, C. B The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism ch.5

Pateman, C The Problem of Political Obligation



Pitkin, H Obligation and Consent, American Political Science

Review, 59 & 60 (1965-66)

Schochet, G. J (ed.) Life, Liberty and Property: Essays on Locke’s Political Ideas


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