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Political theory : an encyclopedia of contemporary and classic terms /
Scott John Hammond.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c2009.
description
xvii, 357 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0313339201 (alk. paper), 9780313339202 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c2009.
isbn
0313339201 (alk. paper)
9780313339202 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
6707855
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-344) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-07-01:
This modest single-volume encyclopedia by Hammond (James Madison Univ.) contains over 250 entries and covers political theory from Plato through the present. Some entries cover important figures (Hobbes, Marx, Rawls), others give details about major ideas or movements in political philosophy (liberalism, authoritarianism, freedom), and some discuss more specific concepts (prisoner's dilemma, Wilt Chamberlain argument, negative and positive liberty). Also featured are useful entries on what best can be described as famous sayings or phrases ("from each according to his ability, to each according to his need"; "what is rational is real and what is real is rational"). The entries vary greatly in length--some amount to not much more than expanded dictionary entries of a half column or so ("Pareto's Law"), whereas others are fairly expansive discussions of seven or eight pages, such as the entry on democracy. No major omissions are evident, but given some of the secondary topics that are included, some surprising, although not glaring, omissions are apparent. For example, no separate entries are included on the state of nature, colonialism, or the "tragedy of the commons," or on many ideas found in Marx, e.g., historical materialism or the means of production. Some of these topics are discussed within the confines of other entries.This encyclopedia provides readers with an introductory understanding of the thinkers and ideas in this field; entries are readable and not technical. It would be ideal for undergraduates going through a text in political theory, for example, or possibly even first-year graduate students. However, this encyclopedia includes relatively little critical analysis or in-depth discussion of ideas. It is not essential for a college or university library, but students will use it. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. M. A. Michael Austin Peay State University
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"This encyclopedia provides readers with an introductory understanding of the thinkers and ideas in this field; entries are readable and not technical. It would be ideal for undergraduates going through a text in political theory, for example, or possibly even first-year graduate students. . . . Recommended." - Choice
"This is a broad, readable, digestible and highly accessible publication....a very good value and would be a welcome addition to public, reference, government and academic libraries." - Reference Reviews
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Summaries
Description for Reader
* Sidebars discussing the work of major political thinkers in the context of particular entries * Bibliography of recent and recommended print and electronic resources * Table of seminal thinkers and major political leaders whose thought transcended their historical moment
Description for Reader
Sidebars discussing the work of major political thinkers in the context of particular entries Bibliography of recent and recommended print and electronic resources Table of seminal thinkers and major political leaders whose thought transcended their historical moment
Bowker Data Service Summary
The major political concepts, themes, issues, movements, groups, and schools that have developed over time and shaped our modern world appear in this text in all their diversity, along with biographical entries and articles on the principal works of political theorists from Plato to John Rawls.
Long Description
Liberty. Justice. Nature. Law. First formulated millennia ago by the founding philosophers of the Western tradition, these basic concepts of human thought remain central to our conception of ourselves, our place in the world, and our relationships with others-that is, our politics. Readers encountering such broad political concepts, their practical expressions in political movements and systems of government, the ideas of influential ancient and modern political thinkersor simply familiar or unfamiliar catchphrases for which they would like a succinct yet informative explanationwill welcome this accessible encyclopedic guide. The major political concepts, themes, issues, movements, groups, and schools that have developed over time and shaped our modern world appear here in all their diversity, along with biographical entries and articles on the principal works of political theorists from Plato to John Rawls. Further, serious students and browsers alike will delight in the numerous entries on familiar quotations and political catchphrases, from the banality of evil and Big Brother to the war of all against all.
Main Description
Liberty. Justice. Nature. Law. First formulated millennia ago by the founding philosophers of the Western tradition, these basic concepts of human thought remain central to our conception of ourselves, our place in the world, and our relationships with others-that is, our politics. Readers encountering such broad political concepts, their practical expressions in political movements and systems of government, the ideas of influential ancient and modern political thinkers--or simply familiar or unfamiliar catchphrases for which they would like a succinct yet informative explanation--will welcome this accessible encyclopedic guide.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Authors
Note
Preface
List of Entries
The Encyclopedia
Selected Bibliography
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