By J. S. McClelland

A background of Western Political inspiration is an lively and lucid account of crucial political thinkers and the iconic topics of the final and a part millennia. Written with scholars of the historical past of political proposal in brain, the book:
* strains the improvement of political idea from historic Greece to the overdue 20th century
* makes a speciality of person thinkers and texts
* comprises forty biographies of key political thinkers
* deals unique perspectives of theorists and highlights these which can were unjustly neglected
* develops the broader subject matters of political proposal and the relatives among thinkers over the years.

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Wise men may want others to be wise, but a selfish man who was also wise might well want to restrict wisdom to himself and a few friends for the advantages it A history of western political thought 22 brings. A just man in an unjust society would always be at risk unless he could persuade others to share his justice, but problems immediately begin to arise when one begins to ask whether or not all men are capable of being just. If the answer is that all men are capable of being just, then the additional question has to be asked: If that is so, why is it the case that so few are just in fact?

This leads to a certain moral emptiness, especially when the courageous man is away from the censuring gaze of his peers. He is likely to be self-indulgent in secret, and to be jealous of others’ fame and so he hides this jealousy. He is also prone to admiration of the other things which men do in fact admire, like wealth, but he also conceals this admiration because the soldierly character is supposed to care only for honour. The secret life of the man of honour means that he is never really at peace with himself.

Justice is necessarily a political virtue because it has to be widely practised for the just to survive. The just have an interest in the spread of justice, in making others in the image of themselves. Wise men may want others to be wise, but a selfish man who was also wise might well want to restrict wisdom to himself and a few friends for the advantages it A history of western political thought 22 brings. A just man in an unjust society would always be at risk unless he could persuade others to share his justice, but problems immediately begin to arise when one begins to ask whether or not all men are capable of being just.

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