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  1. A Disquisition On Government and Selections from The Discourse

    John Calhoun
    Edited, with Introduction, by C. Gordon Post
    New Foreword by Shannon C. Stimson

    A Disquisition On Government and Selections from The Discourse

    The only student edition of Calhoun’s writings available, this volume offers the Disquisition in its entirety along with two key selections from the Discourse: “Formation of the Federal Period” and “A Plural Executive Proposed.”

  2. Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline

    Montesquieu
    Translated by David Lowenthal

    Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline

    “It is wonderful to have David Lowenthal’s splendid translation of Montesquieu’s Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline back in print. This neglected masterpiece deserves attention from all who are concerned with self-government—whether their focus is on history or on its prospects in our own time.”
         —Paul A. Rahe, University of Tulsa

  3. Democracy in America

    Alexis De Tocqueville
    Abridged, with Introduction, by Sanford Kessler
    Translated and Annotated by Stephen D. Grant

    Democracy in America

    “A handy paperback edition offered primarily to teachers and students who can make no pretense of reading the entirety of the large work, but who want to sample some of its chief delights. . . . [Grant gives us an] exemplary translation . . . marked above all by great accuracy and fidelity to Tocqueville’s text. . . . Kessler’s editor’s Introduction is a model introduction to a classic text for today’s students. It is clearly written, compact (without being too short or dense), and nicely structured. . . . A tour—and translation—well worth the price of admission.”
         —Paul Seaton, Perspectives on Political Science

  4. Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Translated by Donald A. Cress
    Introduction by James Miller

    Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

    Donald Cress’s highly regarded translation, based on the critical Pléiade edition of 1964, is here issued with a lively introduction by James Miller, who brings into sharp focus the cultural and intellectual milieu in which Rousseau operated. This new edition includes a select bibliography, a note on the text, a translator’s note, and Rousseau’s own Notes on the Discourse.

  5. Divine Right and Democracy

    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by David Wootton

    Divine Right and Democracy

    David Wootton’s masterly compilation of speeches, essays, and fiercely polemical pamphlets—organized into chapters focusing on the main debates of the century—represents the first attempt to present in one volume a broad collection of Stuart political thought. In bringing together abstract theorizing and impassioned calls to arms, anonymous tract writers and King James I, Wootton has produced a much-needed collection; in combination with the editor’s thoughtful running commentary and invaluable Introduction, its texts bring to life a crucial period in the formation of our modern liberal and conservative theories.

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    Mahatma Gandhi
    Edited, with Introduction, by Dennis Dalton

    Gandhi: Selected Political Writings

    Based on the complete edition of his works, this new volume presents Gandhi’s most important political writings arranged around the two central themes of his political teachings: satyagraha (the power of non-violence) and swaraj (freedom). Dennis Dalton’s general Introduction and headnotes highlight the life of Gandhi, set the readings in historical context, and provide insight into the conceptual framework of Gandhi’s political theory. Included are bibliography, glossary, and index.

  7. Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (Third Edition)

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by James W. Ellington

    Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (Third Edition)

    This expanded edition of James Ellington’s preeminent translation includes Ellington’s new translation of Kant’s essay “Of a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns” in which Kant replies to one of the standard objections to his moral theory as presented in the main text: that it requires us to tell the truth even in the face of disastrous consequences.

  8. Hume: Political Writings

    David Hume
    Edited by Stuart Warner and Donald Livingston

    Hume: Political Writings

    The first thematically arranged collection of Hume's political writings, this new work brings together substantive selections from A Treatise on Human Nature, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, and Essays: Moral, Political and Literary, with an interpretive introduction placing Hume in the context of contemporary debates between liberalism and its critics and between contextual and universal approaches.

  9. Introduction to the Philosophy of History

    G. W. F. Hegel
    Translated by Leo Rauch

    Introduction to the Philosophy of History

    "An elegant and intelligent translation. The text provides a perfect solution to the problem of how to introduce students to Hegel in a survey course in the history of Western philosophy.  
         —Graham Parkes, University of Hawaii

  10. Justice

    Edited, with Introduction, by Jonathan Westphal

    Justice

    The readings in Justice include the central philosophical statements about justice in society organized to illustrate both the political vision of a good society and different attempts at an analysis of the concept of justice.

  11. Kantian Ethics and Socialism

    Harry Van Der Linden

    Kantian Ethics and Socialism

    Awarded the 1985 Johnsonian Prize in Philosophy.

  12. Lectures on Ethics

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by Louis Infield
    Foreword by Lewis White Beck

    Lectures on Ethics

    These lively essays, transcribed by Kant's students during his lectures on ethics at Konigsberg in the years 1775-1780, are celebrated not only for their insight into Kant's polished and often witty lecture style but also as a key to understanding the development of his moral thought. As Lewis White Beck points out in the Foreword to this edition, those who know Kant only from his rigorous and abstract intellectual critiques may be surprised by the accessibility of these essays, which "put flesh on the bones of the critical ethics," while revealing Kant as a practical moralist, greatly concerned with the nuances of human conduct and the social effects of his moral teaching. The sharply focused discussions and definitions strengthen an interpretation of Kant's more mature speculative works and remain the riches document we have for understanding the history of the preeminent ethical theory of modern times.

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    Thomas Hobbes
    Edited, with Introduction, by Edwin Curley

    Leviathan

    Designed to meet the needs of both student and scholar, this edition of Leviathan offers a brilliant introduction by Edwin Curley, modernized spelling and punctuation of the text, and the inclusion, along with historical and interpretive notes, of the most significant variants between the English version of 1651 and the Latin version of 1668. A glossary of seventeenth-century English terms, and indexes of persons, subjects, and scriptural passages help make this the most thoughtfully conceived edition of Leviathan available.

  14. Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism, Volume Two

    George Anastaplo

    Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism, Volume Two

    Volume 2 of two readers containing essential important works on constitutional liberty and the foundations of modern western political theory.

  15. Locke: The Political Writings

    John Locke
    Edited, with Introduction, by David Wootton

    Locke: The Political Writings

    This comprehensive collection brings together the main published works (excluding polemical attacks on other people’s views) with the most important surviving evidence from among Locke’s papers relating to his political philosophy. David Wootton’s wide-ranging and scholarly Introduction sets the writings in the context of their time, examines Locke’s developing ideas and unorthodox Christianity, and analyzes his main arguments. The result is the first fully rounded picture of Locke’s political thought in his own words.

  16. Machiavelli: Selected Political Writings

    Niccolo Machiavelli
    Edited and Translated by David Wootton

    Machiavelli: Selected Political Writings

    “The Introduction is vibrant, comprehensive and persuasive. Manages to address the needs of undergraduates while constituting an original contribution to contemporary scholarship. Bravo!”
         —Alan Houston, University of California, San Diego

  17. Man and Citizen

    Thomas Hobbes
    Edited by Bernard Gert

    Man and Citizen

    Contains the most helpful version of Hobbes’s political and moral philosophy available in English. Includes the only English translation of De Homine, chapters X-XV. Features the English translation of De Cive attributed to Hobbes.

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    Karl Marx
    Edited by Lawrence H. Simon

    Marx: Selected Writings

    Featuring the most important and enduring works from Marx's enormous corpus, this collection ranges from the Hegelian idealism of his youth to the mature socialism of his later works. Organized both topically and in rough chronological order, the selections (many of them in the translations of Loyd D. Easton and Kurt H. Guddat) include writings on historical materialism, excerpts from Capital, and political works.

  19. Metaphysical Elements of Justice (Second Edition)

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated, with Introduction, by John Ladd

    Metaphysical Elements of Justice (Second Edition)

    This volume offers the complete text of Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals, Part I, translated by John Ladd, along with Ladd’s illuminating Introduction to the first edition, expanded to include discussion of such issues as Kant’s conception of marriage and its relevance to his view of women. An updated bibliography, glossary, and index are also provided.

  20. Modern Political Thought (Second Edition)

    Edited, with Introductions, by David Wootton

    Modern Political Thought (Second Edition)

    The second edition of David Wootton's Modern Political Thought: Readings from Machiavelli to Nietzsche offers a new unit on modern constitutionalism with selections from Hume, Montesquieu, the Federalist, and Constant. In addition to a new essay by Wootton, this unit features his new translation of Constant's 1819 essay "On Ancient and Modern Liberty". Other changes include expanded selections from Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy and a new Hegel selection, all of which strengthen an already excellent anthology.

  21. Montesquieu: Selected Political Writings

    Montesquieu
    Translated and Edited by Melvin Richter

    Montesquieu: Selected Political Writings

    “Professor Richter has long been one of our most knowledgeable commentators on the French intellectual tradition. Having written on Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Durkheim, he is well positioned to provide us not only with an historically informed translation of Montesquieu’s major writings, but also with an excellent introduction to what is important about Montesquieu as a thinker.”
         —Lawrence Dickey, University of Wisconsin

  22. Moral Philosophy

    David Hume
    Edited, with Introduction, by Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

    Moral Philosophy

    "A genuine understanding of Hume's extraordinarily rich, important, and influential moral philosophy requires familiarity with all of his writings on vice and virtue, the passions, the will, and even judgments of beauty—and that means familiarity not only with large portions of A Treatise of Human Nature, but also with An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals and many of his essays as well.  This volume is the one truly comprehensive collection of Hume's work on all of these topics.  Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, a leading moral philosopher and Hume scholar, has done a meticulous job of editing the texts and has provided an extensive Introduction that is at once accessible, accurate, and philosophically engaging, revealing the deep structure of Hume's moral philosophy."
         —Don Garrett, New York University

  23. On Crimes and Punishments

    Beccaria
    Translated, with Notes & Introduction, by David Young

    On Crimes and Punishments

    Includes a translator’s preface, note on the text, and suggestions for further reading.

  24. On Law, Morality, and Politics (Second Edition)

    Thomas Aquinas
    Edited by William P. Baumgarth and Richard J. Regan, S. J.

    On Law, Morality, and Politics (Second Edition)

    The second edition of Aquinas, On Law, Morality, and Politics retains the selection of texts presented in the first edition but offers them in new translations by Richard J. Regan—including that of his Aquinas, Treatise on Law (Hackett, 2000). A revised Introduction and glossary, an updated select bibliography, and the inclusion of summarizing headnotes for each of the units—Conscience, Law, Justice, Property, War and Killing, Obedience and Rebellion, and Practical Wisdom and Statecraft—further enhance its usefulness.

  25. On Liberty

    John Stuart Mill
    Edited by Elizabeth Rapaport

    On Liberty

    Contents include a selected bibliography and an editor's Introduction broken into two sections. The first section provides a brief sketch of the historical, social, and biographical context in which Mill wrote and the second traces the central line of argument in the text to aid in the comprehension of the essay's structure, method, and major theses.

  26. On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life
  27. On the Genealogy of Morality

    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Translation and Notes by Maudemarie Clark and Alan J. Swensen, Introduction by Maudemarie Clark

    On the Genealogy of Morality

    "Hackett’s On the Genealogy of Morality (we now have even the correct title!) may very well change the entire climate for reading Nietzsche in English—especially if read in conjunction with their equally splendid Twilight of the Idols. . . . Competing translations of Nietzsche’s late, utterly influential masterpieces have often made them a chore, rather than a delight, to read; and their introductions generally obscure, rather than illuminate, the texts’ situations. Clark and Swensen (and Polt and Strong) have made the Genealogy and Twilight accessible and exhilarating—while leaving them, as they are, enigmatic and problematic. Finally, readers of Nietzsche in English can—begin!”
         —William Arctander O’Brien, University of California, San Diego

  28. On the Social Contract

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Translated by Donald A. Cress

    On the Social Contract

    Contents include a note on the translation, introduction by Peter Gay, and a bibliography.

  29. Perpetual Peace and Other Essays on Politics, History, and Morals

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by Ted Humphrey

    Perpetual Peace and Other Essays on Politics, History, and Morals

    Includes an introduction, bibliography, a note on the text, glossary of some German-English translations, and an index.

  30. Political Treatise

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated by Samuel Shirley
    Prefatory Essay by Douglas Den Uyl
    Introduction and Notes by Steven Barbone and Lee Rice

    Political Treatise

    The Political Treatise, Spinoza’s final work, is a largely theoretical inquiry into the fundamental principles of political philosophy. This edition offers an exceptional translation by Samuel Shirley and a prefatory essay by Douglas Den Uyl that discusses why the Political Treatise deserves the attention of contemporary scholars. Steven Barbone and Lee Rice provide ample notes, a substantial bibliography, complete indexes of names and terms, and a comprehensive general introduction, which considers the evolution of Spinoza’s political thought in the context of the political and intellectual turmoil of the times, the relationship between the Political Treatise and the Theological-Political Treatise, and the importance of the Political Treatise to a full understanding of Spinoza’s political philosophy.

  31. Principles of Political Economy: With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy (Abridged)

    John Stuart Mill
    Edited, with Introduction, by Stephen Nathanson

    Principles of Political Economy: With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy (Abridged)

    Stephen Nathanson’s clear-sighted abridgment of Principles of Political Economy, Mill’s first major work in moral and political philosophy, provides a challenging, sometimes surprising account of Mill’s views on many important topics: socialism, population, the status of women, the cultural bases of economic productivity, the causes and possible cures of poverty, the nature of property rights, taxation, and the legitimate functions of government. Nathanson cuts through the dated and less relevant sections of this large work and includes significant material omitted in other editions, making it possible to see the connections between the views Mill expressed in Principles of Political Economy and the ideas he defended in his later works, particularly On Liberty. Indeed, studying Principles of Political Economy, Nathanson argues in his general Introduction, can help to resolve the apparent contradiction between Mill’s views in On Liberty and those in Utilitarianism, making it a key text for understanding Mill’s philosophy as a whole.

  32. Reflections on the Revolution in France

    Edmund Burke
    Edited by J. G. A. Pocock

    Reflections on the Revolution in France

    “Pocock is, without question, the leading historian of eighteenth-century British-American political thought. . . . All of his skills are brilliantly employed in the Introduction. . . . In addition to being the best treatment of Burke’s thought in context, it is . . . the best and most concentrated presentation of Pocock’s own view of the main contours of eighteenth-century political thought. . . . Finally, the Reflections and other texts by Burke are then woven into this rich fabric, thus providing the reader with an understanding of Burke’s thought which is deeper and more complex (and surely more historically sensitive) than any available in the secondary literature.”
        —James Tully, McGill University

  33. Rights of Man

    Thomas Paine
    Edited by Gregory Claeys

    Rights of Man

    “Claeys has done a fine job of situating Paine’s famous text in the intellectual and practical context, drawing out the most important themes, and referring the reader to the best secondary literature. . . . An excellent textbook for undergraduate courses in political theory.”
         —James Tully, McGill University

  34. Rousseau: The Basic Political Writings (Second Edition)

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Translated and Edited by Donald A. Cress
    Introduction and Annotation by David Wootton

    Rousseau: The Basic Political Writings (Second Edition)

    This substantially revised new edition of Rousseau: The Basic Political Writings features a brilliant new Introduction by David Wootton, a revision by Donald A. Cress of his own 1987 translation of Rousseau’s most important political writings, and the addition of Cress’ new translation of Rousseau's State of  War. New footnotes, headnotes, and a chronology by David Wootton provide expert guidance to first-time readers of the texts.

  35. Some Thoughts Concerning Education and of the Conduct of the Understanding

    John Locke
    Edited, with Introduction, by Ruth W. Grant and Nathan Tarcov

    Some Thoughts Concerning Education and of the Conduct of the Understanding

    This volume offers two complementary works, unabridged, in modernized, annotated texts—the only available edition priced for classroom use. Grant and Tarcov provide a concise introduction, a note on the texts, and a select bibliography.

  36. Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated, with a Glossary, Indexes, and Interpretive Essay, by Martin D. Yaffe

    Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise

    A complete translation in English of this modern text, with substantive apparatus to allow the student and serious reader to grapple in a meaningful way with this seminal text. The text includes ample footnotes, Spinoza's annotations, an interpretative essay, glossary and other indices.

  37. The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill

    Jeremy Bentham & John Stuart Mill
    Edited, with Introduction, by John Troyer

    The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill

    This volume includes the complete texts of two of John Stuart Mill’s most important works, Utilitarianism and On Liberty, and selections from his other writings, including the complete text of his “Remarks on Bentham’s Philosophy.” The selection from Mill’s “A System of Logic” is of special relevance to the debate between those who read Mill as an Act-Utilitarian and those who interpret him as a Rule-Utilitarian. Also included are selections from the writings of Jeremy Bentham, founder of modern Utilitarianism and mentor (together with James Mill) of John Stuart Mill.

  38. The Fable of the Bees and Other Writings

    Bernard Mandeville
    Edited, with Introduction, by E. J. Hundert

    The Fable of the Bees and Other Writings

    “Hundert is especially good at demonstrating how vital Mandeville’s ideas are as a major foundation for more famous Enlightenment thinkers such as Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire and others. . . . The additions of Nicole and Bayle will be useful in courses on 18th century ethics and morals, and in general surveys of Enlightenment thought. This is probably the best one-volume edition of the main works of Mandeville now available.”
         —Irwin Primer, Rutgers University

  39. The Government of Poland

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Translated by Willmoore Kendall

    The Government of Poland

    "The Government of Poland is the only finished work in which Rousseau himself dons the mantle of legislator, applying the principles of the Social Contract to the real world around him. Poland teaches us much about the mysterious art of the Social Contract's 'legislator,' how he transforms each individual into part of a larger whole. Only in . . . Poland do we find what this crucial transformation entails and what it presupposes. But probably the greatest lesson to be learned from . . . Poland concerns Rousseau's understanding of the proper relationship between theory and practice. . . . Time and again we see Rousseau advising the Poles to do things which are in gross violation of the strict principles of political right he had elaborated in the Social Contract."
         —Richard Myers in Canadian Journal of Political Science

  40. The Grand Inquisitor

    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Edited, with Introduction, by Charles Guignon
    Translated by Constance Garnett

    The Grand Inquisitor

    "This collection gives us a sense of the depth of Dostoevsky's insights into human life and suffering and of his profound understanding of the tensions and dangers of modernity. Guignon's Introduction is a brilliant study that shows how profoundly the 'legend of the Grand Inquisitor' speaks to our day."
         —Charles Taylor, McGill University

  41. The Persian Letters (Healy Edition)

    Montesquieu
    Translated, with Introduction, by George R. Healy

    The Persian Letters (Healy Edition)

    Based on the 1758 edition, this translation strives for fidelity and retains Montesquieu’s paragraphing. George R. Healy’s Introduction discusses The Persian Letters as a kind of overture to the Enlightenment, a work of remarkable diversity designed more to explore a problem of great urgency for eighteenth century thought than to resolve it: that of discovering universals, or at least the pragmatic constants, amid the diversity of human culture and society, and of confronting the proposition that there are no values in human relationships except those imposed by force or agreed upon in self-interested conventions.

  42. The Philosophy of Right

    G. W. F. Hegel
    Translated, with Introductory Essay and Glossary, by Alan White

    The Philosophy of Right

    Designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in philosophy and political science, this edition features a glossary keyed to the primary occurrences of important terms in the text and provides insights into the concepts beyond the translation—an especially useful pedagogical device for students coming to Hegel for the first time. 

  43. The Prince (Wootton Edition)

    Niccolo Machiavelli
    Translated, with Introduction, by David Wootton

    The Prince (Wootton Edition)

    "This is an excellent, readable and vigorous translation of The Prince, but it is much more than simply a translation. The map, notes and guide to further reading are crisp, to-the-point and yet nicely comprehensive. The inclusion of the letter to Vettori is most welcome. But, above all, the Introduction is so gripping and lively that it has convinced me to include The Prince in my syllabus for History of Western Civilization the next time that I teach it. . . . Great price, too! And lovely printing and layout."
         —Rachel Fulton, University of Chicago

  44. The Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy

    Edited, with Introduction, by Michael R. Matthews

    The Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy

    "Students will find it approachable and accessible, and they will have at their fingertips a good deal of material for discussion of theories of matter and method in seventeenth-century science.”
         —Catherine Wilson, in Canadian Philosophical Review

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    John Stuart Mill
    Edited by Susan M. Okin

    The Subjection of Women

    “An excellent and affordable edition, with a pithy introduction by Okin that that contextualizes and summarizes the argument well. Mill’s work affords insight not only into the issue of women’s emancipation, but also into the world of 19th century liberalism: its views of history, of class, and of slavery.”
         —Peter C. Caldwell, Rice University

  46. Theological-Political Treatise (Second Edition)

    Baruch Spinoza
    Translated by Samuel Shirley
    Introduction by Seymour Feldman

    Theological-Political Treatise (Second Edition)

    “Samuel Shirley is undoubtedly the most significant translator of Spinoza’s writings into English.”
         —Douglas Den Uyl, Bellarmine College

  47. To Perpetual Peace

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by Ted Humphrey

    To Perpetual Peace

    In this short essay, Kant completes his political theory and philosophy of history, considering the prospects for peace among nations and addressing questions that remain central to our thoughts about nationalism, war, and peace. Ted Humphrey provides an eminently readable translation, along with a brief introduction that sketches Kant’s argument.

  48. Twilight of the Idols

    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Translated by Richard Polt
    Introduction by Tracy Strong

    Twilight of the Idols

    Twilight of the Idols presents a vivid, compressed overview of many of Nietzsche’s mature ideas, including his attack on Plato’s Socrates and on the Platonic legacy in Western philosophy and culture. Polt provides a trustworthy rendering of Nietzsche’s text in contemporary American English, complete with notes prepared by the translator and Tracy Strong. An authoritative Introduction by Strong makes this an outstanding edition. Select Bibliography and Index.

  49. Utilitarianism (Sher, Second Edition)

    John Stuart Mill
    Edited by George Sher

    Utilitarianism (Sher, Second Edition)

    This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. The speech is significant both because its topic remains timely and because its arguments illustrate the applicability of the principle of utility to questions of large-scale social policy.

  50. War and the Intellectuals

    Randolph S. Bourne
    Edited, with Introduction, by Carl Resek

    War and the Intellectuals

    Although he died at the age of thirty-two, Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) left a body of writing on politics, culture, and literature that made him one of the most influential public intellectuals of the twentieth century, and a hero of the American left. The twenty-eight essays of this volume—among them, “War and the Intellectuals”, the analysis of the warfare state that made Bourne the foremost critic of American entry into World War 1, and “Trans-National America”, his manifesto for cultural pluralism in America — show Bourne at his most passionate and incisive as they trace his search for the true wellsprings of nationalism and American culture.

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