I used this book for my political philosophy intensive course as a guide to prepare my students before reading the original classics.
My students are able to understand the contents easily and Professor Wolff writes in a way that beginners to political philosophy can read this book as though it were an article, once through, and still understand the technical ideas.
I love that Professor Wolff summarizes major theories and the methods in a logical manner.
He covers the basics, leaving room for thoughts and arguments.
This is the 3rd time I required this book for my course.
Background: My students are mostly pre-college as our course is for gifted youth. So by "able to understand easily", I mean for pre-college students.
College Students: This should serve as an easy introduction into political philosophy. Of course, I recommend also reading Hobbes' Leviathan, Rousseau's Social Contract, etc. However, even without those basic classical readings, Professor Wolff highlights the major ideas of the most politically influential philosophers into an easy to read and sometimes humourous book.
For Political Science, Philosophy and History majors, I definitely recommend having a copy of the book. It can even serve as a substitute of notes for most lectures in political philosophy courses.
Unless someone else writes an even more marvelous book (but this is the best of my 5 year search), I will be using this book for all my future political philosophy intensives.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 January 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019929609X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199296095
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1.3 x 13.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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