Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present

September 17, 2009

Editors: David Boucher and Paul Kelly

Edition: Second revised

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 664

Price: £25.99

ISBN: 9780199215522

In Boucher and Kelly's excellent textbook on political thought, each chapter is written by a leading expert on the thinker in question, offering a concise, clear exposition of their major ideas and, in some cases, accounts of major interpretative disputes.

Useful aids to students include synoptic guides at the top of each essay, featuring a "key ideas" summary, a biographical outline and bibliographic guides. The updated and restructured second edition introduces discussion questions on each thinker covered in the book and new chapters on Cicero and Kant.

Who is it for? Undergraduates reading for courses in the history of political thought.

Presentation: Chapters are concise and accessible and designed to bring out issues and questions that provoke thought and discussion.

Would you recommend it? Yes, as a basic reading on political thought courses, especially for students new to the subject.

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