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Political Science: Political Theory

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What is this?

Political philosophy
     is the study of such topics as: liberty, justice, property, rights, law; and the enforcement by authority of a legal code. With the rise of globalization, the interplay between political philosophers and international relations is also an important area of study in political science.

Political theorists, on the whole, are concerned with how people live togehter collectively and frequently requires thought into social, economic and political arrangements.

Starting Points

Great Thinkers -- Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Machiavelli, Christine de Pizan, Hobbes, John Locke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hegel, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Harriet Taylor Mill, Karl Marx, Susan B. Anthony, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, etc.

Isms or Political Ideologies -- classical Liberalism, socialism, communism, fascism, contemporary conservatism and liberalism, feminism, etc.

Problems or Political Issues -- poverty, religion and public life, democracy, liberty vs. equality, human rights, the welfare state, the environment, etc.

Popular Culture -- movies, architecture, TV shows, blogs, voices of ethnic minorities and women

One approach to Political Philosophy

Professor Smith's introduction to political philosophy course at Yale.



Encyclopedia of political theory
3 volumes
Reference JA61 .E515 2010

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Poltical Science Reference Books
reference holdings in Tutt Library

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