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By Harvey C. Mansfield

ISBN-10: 1882926439

ISBN-13: 9781882926435

The booklet is a short chronological account of Western political concept interspersed with many of the author's strategies. i used to be upset firstly while i spotted how brief this ebook I had received was once simply because i used to be hoping for a few meaty examining, yet i spotted that the most goal of this e-book is to direct the reader to the particular texts. Mansfield provides a quick record on the finish of the publication of the simplest translations.

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Politics not only in the West but everywhere on earth has been dominated by Machiavelli’s promise of “new modes and orders,” of modernity, issued first in the two books he wrote containing, he said, “everything he knows”—The Prince and the Discourses on Livy. It is thus of the utmost importance to understand what modernity is, how the moderns opposed the ancients (and 31 Harvey C. Mansfield the Christians, who in the moderns’ view derived from the ancients), how modernity developed in stages, the history it experienced, and the crises it has suffered.

His books met with mixed reviews. Always in poor health, suffering from migraines, he resigned from Basel in 1879. For the next ten years he led an irregular life, traveling incessantly across south-central Europe and writing his major philosophical works. Finally, in 1889 he experienced a mental breakdown, from which he never recovered. He spent his remaining years as an invalid in the care of his mother and sister. 53 Harvey C. Mansfield Then what about conservatives, are they better off? Burke opposed the French Revolution because it attempted to remake society according to a rational plan instead of letting it grow, spontaneously or by prudent adjustment, into a more convenient arrangement.

Peaceable liberal democracies, for whom wars over 52 A Student’s Guide to Political Philosophy religion are now inconceivable, still have parties—the liberals and conservatives we know so well. Actually, we would know them better if we studied John Stuart Mill (18061873) and Edmund Burke (1729-1797), the political philosophers who explain each the best. Make sure you read both Mill and Burke, not just the one you like. Mill argues for liberty and also for progress toward liberty. His difficulty is that progress requires enlightenment and the gradual defeat of prejudice—whereas liberty requires openness to all opinions, including prejudiced ones.

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