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The Enlightenment : Cambridge Readigs in the History of Political Thought - David Williams

The Enlightenment

Cambridge Readigs in the History of Political Thought

By: David Williams (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd November 1999
ISBN: 9780521564908
Number Of Pages: 542

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The Enlightenment is an authoritative anthology of the key political writings from 'one of the best and most hopeful episodes in the life of mankind'. The texts are supported by a lucid introduction exploring their moral, philosophical, political and economic background, enabling the student to grasp both the context and the essence of each argument. Biographical notes and carefully selected bibliographies offer further help. The selection includes not only mainstream theories but also texts by authors actively engaged in the politics of the day, offering a broad and genuinely trans-European perspective. David Williams, a distinguished Enlightenment scholar, offers readers a view of the evolution of Enlightenment political thinking in a variety of contexts: natural law, the civil order, the nation state, government, civil rights, women's rights, international relations, economics, crime and punishment, and revolution. Students of political science, history, European studies, international relations, law and philosophy will find this an invaluable resource.

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Natural Law
Burlamaqui: Principles of natural right [and natural law]
The Civil Order
Rousseau: Discourse on the origin and the foundations of inequality among men and The social contract
Priestley: Essay on the first principles of government, and on the nature of political, civil and religious liberty
The Nation State
Voltaire: Homeland and Man
Herder: Ideas for a philosophy of the history of mankind and Letters for the advancement of humanity
Hume: That politics may be reduced to a science, On the first principles of government, Of the origin of government, and Idea of a perfect commonwealth
Montesquieu: The spirit of the laws
Moser: The master and the servant
Civil Rights
Diderot: Political authority, City, Citizen and Natural law
Condorcet: Reflections on black slavery
Gouges: The rights of women
Wollstonecraft: A vindication of the rights of woman: with strictures on political and moral subjects
International Relations
Saint-Pierre: A project to establish permanent peace in Europe
Barbeyrac: Notes on Grotius' On the law of war and peace
Kant: Perpetual peace: a philosophical sketch
Trade and Economics
Mandeville: The moral [of the Fable of the bees]
Quesnay: The economic tableau
Smith: An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations
Crime and Punishment
Beccaria: On crimes and punishment
Paine: Common sense
Sieyes: What is the third estate?
Burke: Reflections on the revolution in France
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ISBN: 9780521564908
ISBN-10: 0521564905
Series: Cambridge Readigs in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 542
Published: 22nd November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.76  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.86