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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.
"Morgan continues to place all of us who teach courses in political theory in his debt. Here in one place are gathered most of the central classics in the field. Hosanna too, to Hackett for making the text affordable."
—Joseph Aieta, III, Lasell College
Comments on the First Edition:
“A remarkable achievement. . . . May it remain in print for a thousand years.”
—Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame
“This is a wonderful collection of primary texts that will provide instructors with a cost-effective way to teach the basic works of political theory.”
—Michael Gillespie, Duke University
About the Author:
Michael L. Morgan is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Indiana University. He is the editor of Spinoza: Complete Works (Hackett); the co-editor (with Peter Eli Gordon) of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy; and the author of, among other works, Platonic Piety: Philosophy and Ritual in Fourth-Century Athens (Yale), Discovering Levinas (CUP), and On Shame (Routledge).
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Plato: Euthyphro; Apology; Crito; Phaedo Death Scene (115B1–118A17); Republic
Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics; Politics (Bk. I; Bk. II, 1–5, 9; Bk. III; Bk. IV, 1–15, 16 [abridged]; Bk. VII, 1–3, 13, 15; Bk. VIII, 1–3)
Epicurus: Letter to Menoeceus; Principal Doctrines
Augustine: City of God (Bk. XIX [abridged])
Aquinas: On Kingship (I, 1); Summa Theologica (I–II, Q.90. 1–4, Q.91. 1–4, Q.94. 1–6, Q.95. 1–4, Q.96. 1–6; II–II, Q.40. 1, Q.42. 2, Q.66. 1–2); Disputed Questions on Virtue [abridged] (On the Virtues in General, 1–9, 13; On the Cardinal Virtues, 1–2)
Machiavelli: Letter to Francesco Vettori; The Prince; Discourses (Bk. I, 1–2; Bk. II, 1–2, 20, 29; Bk. III, 1, 9)
Hobbes: Leviathan (Dedicatory, Introduction, Pt. 1–2, Review and Conclusion)
Locke: Second Treatise of Government; A Letter Concerning Toleration
Hume: Treatise of Human Nature (Bk. II, Pt. III, Sec. III; Bk. III, Pt. I, Sec. I–II; Pt. II, Sec. I–II)
Rousseau: Discourse on the Origin of Inequality; On the Social Contract
Kant: Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals; To Perpetual Peace
Mill: On Liberty; Utilitarianism; The Subjection of Women
Marx: Alienated Labor; On the Jewish Question; Communist Manifesto; Critique of the Gotha Program
Nietzsche: On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life; On the Genealogy of Morality
Weber: Politics as a Vocation