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By J. S. McClelland

ISBN-10: 0415119618

ISBN-13: 9780415119610

A historical past of Western Political concept is an brisk and lucid account of an important political thinkers and the iconic issues of the final and a part millennia. Written with scholars of the historical past of political concept in brain, the book:
* lines the improvement of political idea from historic Greece to the overdue 20th century
* specializes in person thinkers and texts
* contains forty biographies of key political thinkers
* bargains unique perspectives of theorists and highlights these which can were unjustly neglected
* develops the broader topics of political idea and the kin among thinkers through the years.

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Otherwise, why devise such a system at all if it is only ever likely to produce a single kingly man? If a single kingly man, why not none? None is just as likely as one, and it is hardly likely that Plato would design a whole state on the offchance that it might occasionally produce a man capable of ruling it. So even though Plato never comes clean about the likely numbers of his ruling class we are entitled to suppose that it would in fact be a group. So the question still arises: What would a particular Guardian’s motive be for ruling himself rather than leaving it to other Guardians to rule?

He has been able to make money without having to struggle; he has never been tempted to lie and cheat for it, and he has not become over-fond of money. He has heard tales about the punishments which might be visited upon the wicked after death, but when he looks back on his life he sees no cause for alarm. Socrates finds his serenity in the face of death admirable. Cephalus’ goodness lies in his consistency. His is a businessman’s ethic, giving every man what he is owed. He has done his duty by his fellow men and by his own sons.

It is to my advantage to be wise if others are foolish, brave (though not foolhardy) if others are poltroons, and temperate if others are profligates. At the very least, these virtues do not make me vulnerable and they might also enable me to protect myself from others; at best, they might help me to a position of dominance on the principle that in the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Justice holds out no such promise. The good fare badly among the wicked, and the worst position of all would be to be the only just man left.

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