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Machiavelli to Marx

Modern Western Political Thought

According to conventional periodization, a profound break in the continuity of Western political theory occurred around 1500 and marked the beginning of "modern" political thought. In Machiavelli to Marx Dante Germino examines the scholars of this period whose works he feels have made significant new approaches to the critical understanding of our world and, consequently, to the problems of our time. Beginning with Machiavelli, the author covers major political philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Burke and gives lucid, perceptive accounts of what they thought and taught about politics. He discusses utilitarianism, liberalism, scientism, and messianic nationalism through the writings of such influential thinkers as Bentham, Spencer, Saint-Simon, and Fichte and concludes with three of the foremost political philosophers of the nineteenth century—Fourier, Proudhon, and Marx.

416 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1979

Political Science: Political and Social Theory

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: "Modernity" in the History of Western Political Thought
2. Machiavelli
3. Reformation Political Thought: Luther, Calvin, Hooker
4. Hobbes
5. Locke and the Origins of Modern Liberalism
6. The Enlightenment in Modern Political Thought
7. Rousseau
8. Burke and the Reaction Against the French Revolution
9. Utilitarianism: Bentham and Mill
10. Dilemmas of Liberalism: Spencer and Green
11. Scientism: Saint-Simon and Comte
12. Messianic Nationalism: Fichte and Mazzini
13. Hegel
14. Nineteenth-Century Radical Thought: Fourier, Proudhon, Marx

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