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Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Essential Readings: Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Texts

by Andrew Bailey, Samantha Brennan, Will Kymlicka, Jacob Levy, Alex Sager and Clark Wolf Broadview Press
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This volume features a careful selection of major works in political and social philosophy from ancient times through to the present. Every reading has been painstakingly annotated, and each figure is given a substantial introduction highlighting his or her major contribution to the tradition. The anthology offers both depth and breadth in its selection of material by central figures, while also representing other currents of political thought.


Thirty-two authors are represented, including fourteen from the 20th century. The editors have made every effort to include translations that are both readable and reliable.In order to ensure the highest standards of accuracy and accessibility, the editors have consulted dozens of leading academics during the course of the volumes development (many of whom have contributed introductory material as well as advice). The result is an anthology with unparalleled pedagogical benefits; The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought sets the new standard for social and political philosophy instruction.

History of the Peloponnesian War, 2.40: Pericles' Funeral Oration
The Republic
Book 1
Book 2
from Book 3
from Book 4
from Book 5
from Book 7
Book 8
from Book 9
Nicomachean Ethics
From Book I
From Book II
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
from Book 5
from Book 7

Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince (written in 1513, published 1532)
Chapter 5: Concerning the way to govern cities or principalities which lived under their own laws before they were annexed
Chapter 6: Concerning new principalities which are acquired through one's own arms and ability
Chapter 7: Concerning new principalities which are acquired either through the arms of others or by good fortune
Chapter 8: Concerning those who have obtained a principality through wickedness
Chapter 9: Concerning a civil principality
Chapter 10: Concerning the way in which the strength of all principalities ought to be measured
Chapter 11: Concerning ecclesiastical principalities
Chapter 12: Of the different types of troops and mercenaries
Chapter 13: Concerning auxiliary, mixed, and citizen soldiers
Chapter 14: That which concerns a prince on the subject of the art of war
Chapter 15: Concerning things for which men, and especially princes, are praised or blamed
Chapter 16: Concerning generosity and miserliness
Chapter 17: Concerning cruelty and mercy, and whether it is better to be loved than feared
Chapter 18: Concerning the way in which princes should keep their word
Chapter 19: That one should avoid being despised and hated
Chapter 21: How a prince should act in order to gain esteem
Chapter 22: Concerning princes' advisors
Chapter 23: How to avoid flatterers
Chapter 24: Why the princes of Italy have lost their states
Chapter 25: Of fortune's power in human affairs, and how to deal with her
Chapter 26: An exhortation to liberate Italy from the barbarians
Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius (1512-1517)
Niccolo Machiavelli to Zanobi Buondelmonte and Cosima Rucellai
from First Book
Chapter 1: Of the Beginning of Cities in General, and Especially that of the City of Rome
Chapter 2: Of the Different Kinds of Republics, and of what Kind the Roman Republic Was
from Second Book
Chapter 2: What Nations the Romans Had to Contend Against and with What Obstinacy They Defended their Liberty
Chapter 20: Of the Dangers to which Princes and Republic are Exposed that Employ Auxiliary or Mercenary Troops
Chapter 29: Fortune Blinds the Minds of Men When She Does Not Wish Them to Oppose Her Designs
from Third Book
Chapter 9: Whoever Desires Constant Success Must Change his Conduct with the Times

Thomas Hobbes
Leviathan (1651)
The Introduction
Part 1: Of Man
Chapter 10: Of Power, Worth, Dignity, Honor, and Worthiness
Chapter 11: Of the Difference of Manners
Chapter 13: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery
Chapter 14: Of the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts
Chapter 15: Of Other Laws of Nature
Chapter 16: Of Persons, Authors, and Things Personated
Part 2: Of Commonwealth
Chapter 17: Of the Causes, Generation, and Definition of a Commonwealth
Chapter 18: Of the Rights of Sovereigns by Institution
Chapter 19: Of the Several Kinds of Commonwealth by Institution and of Succession to the Sovereign Power
Chapter 20: Of Dominion Paternal and Despotical
Chapter 21: Of the Liberty of Subjects
Chapter 26: Of Civil Laws
Chapter 29: Of Those Things that Weaken or Tend to the Dissolution of a Commonwealth
Chapter 30: Of the Office of the Sovereign Representative
John Locke
The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)
Book 2 [The Second Treatise]
From A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689)

David Hume
Of the Original Contract (1748)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men
Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men
Appendix 1: Note [On Good and Evil in Human Life]
Appendix 2: Note [On Human Variety]
Appendix 3: Note [On the Views of John Locke]
Appendix 4: Note [On Humans Living in an Intermediate Stage]
On the Social Contract or Principles of Political Right (1762)
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4

Immanuel Kant
To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch (1795)
"To Perpetual Peace"
First Section: Which Contains the Preliminary Articles for Perpetual Peace Among Nations (1795)
Second Section: Which Contains the Definitive Articles for Perpetual Peace Among Nations

Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration of Independence [as amended and adopted in Congress], July 4, 1776

Alexander Hamilton and James Madison
The Federalist No. 9
The Federalist No. 10
The Federalist No. 51
The Federalist No. 78

Mary Wollstonecraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792)
from Part 1
from Chapter 1: The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered
from Chapter 2: The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed
from Chapter 3: The Same Subject Continued
from Chapter 4: Observations on the State of Degradation to Which Woman Is Reduced by Various Causes
from Chapter 5: Animadversions on Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity, Bordering on Contempt
from Chapter 6: The Effect Which an Early Association of Ideas Has Upon the Character
from Chapter 9: Of the Pernicious Effects Which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society
from Chapter 12: On National Education
from Chapter 13: Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; with Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement that a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected to Produce

Edmund Burke
from Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
from On "Geographical Morality"

Alexis de Toqueville
Democracy in America (1835)
Chapter 5: On the Use that Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life
Chapter 6: Of the Relation between Associations and Newspapers
Chapter 7: The Relationship between Civil and Political Associations
Chapter 8: How Americans Combat Individualism with the Principle of Self-Interest Rightly Understand

Sojourner Truth
Speech Delivered at the Akron, Ohio Convention on Women's Rights, 1851
As Reported by the Anti-Slavery Bugle, 21 June 1851
As Reported by F.D. Gage for the National Anti-Slavery Standard, 2 May 1863

John Stuart Mill
On Liberty (1859)
from Chapter 1: Introductory
from Chapter 2: Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion
from Chapter 3: On Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-being
from Chapter 4: Of the Limits of the Authority of Society Over the Individual
from Chapter 5: Applications
Considerations on Representative Government (1861)
from Chapter 10: Of the Mode of Voting
Chapter 16: Of Nationality, as Connected with Representative Government
Utilitarianism (1863)
from Chapter 2: What Utilitarianism Is
from Chapter 3: Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility
from Chapter 5: On the Connection between Justice and Utility
from The Subjection of Women (1869)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)
Estranged Labor
Private Property and Communism
The German Ideology (1845), A. Ideology in General, German Ideology in Particular
Theses On Feuerbach (1845)
The Communist Manifesto (1848)
1. Bourgeois and Proletarians
2. Proletarians and Communists
3. Socialist and Communist Literature
Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties
Critique of the Gotha Program (1875)

Friedrich Nietzsche
On the Genealogy of Morals (1887)
from First Essay: Good and Evil, Good and Bad
from Second Essay: Guilt, Bad Conscience and Related Matters
V.I. Lenin
from What is to be Done? (1902)

W.E.B. Du Bois
from The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Chapter 1, "Of Our Spiritual Strivings"

Simone de Beauvoir
from The Second Sex (1949)

Isaiah Berlin
"Two Concepts of Liberty" (1958)

Franz Fanon
from The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

Jürgen Habermas
"The Public Sphere" (1962)

Martin Luther King Jr.
"Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963)

John Rawls
from A Theory of Justice: Revised Edition (originally published 1971, revised edition 1999)
The Main Idea of the Theory of Justice
The Original Position and Justification
Classical Utilitarianism
Two Principles of Justice
Democratic Equality and the Difference Principle
Fair Equality of Opportunity and Pure Procedural Justice
Primary Social Goods as the Basis of Expectations
The Tendency to Equality
The Veil of Ignorance
"The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus" (1987)

Robert Nozick
from Anarchy, State and Utopia (1974)
from Chapter 7, "Distributive Justice"

Michel Foucault
From Discipline and Punish (1975)
Michael Sandel
"The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self" (1984)

Susan Moller Okin
from Justice, Gender and Family (1989)
Chapter 5, "Justice as Fairness: For Whom?"
Chapter 8, "Conclusion: Toward a Humanist Justice"
Iris Young
from Justice and the Politics of Difference (1990)
Chapter 1, "Displacing the Distributive Paradigm"
Will Kymlicka
from Multicultural Citizenship (1995)
Chapter 6, "Justice and Minority Rights"

Sources/Permission Acknowledgments


This is a wonderful collection, with great introductory essays....We should all be grateful to the editors for selecting and contextualizing so rich a body of materials. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University The selections are broader than in other works I have seen....The annotation is, as advertised, fuller than is usual in such works, and consistently helpful....All in all, this is an impressive workby far the best political anthology I have seen. George Klosko, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor, University of Virginia Quite simply, this is a fantastic anthology. It includes not just the standard readings from the western canon but also important ones left out of most anthologies, including several by women. The anthology includes concise, accurate, and extremely helpful introductions, which include, uniquely, a discussion of common misperceptions of each work. These introductions are perfectly pitched for an undergraduate audience. Darren Walhof, Grand Valley State University
General Editors:


Andrew Bailey, University of Guelph


Samantha Brennan, University of Western Ontario


Will Kymlicka, Queen’s University


Jacob Levy, McGill University


Alex Sager, Portland State University


Clark Wolf, Iowa State University