The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Essential Readings
Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Texts
  • Publication Date: February 17, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554811021 / 1554811023
  • 1040 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Essential Readings

Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Texts

  • Publication Date: February 17, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554811021 / 1554811023
  • 1040 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

A modified ebook containing many of the historical readings contained in The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought is available here.

This volume features a careful selection of major works in political and social philosophy from ancient times through to the present. Every reading has been painstakingly annotated, and each figure is given a substantial introduction highlighting his or her major contribution to the tradition. The anthology offers both depth and breadth in its selection of material by central figures, while also representing other currents of political thought. Thirty-two authors are represented, including fourteen from the 20th century. The editors have made every effort to include translations that are both readable and reliable.

In order to ensure the highest standards of accuracy and accessibility, the editors have consulted dozens of leading academics during the course of the volume’s development (many of whom have contributed introductory material as well as advice). The result is an anthology with unparalleled pedagogical benefits; The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought sets the new standard for social and political philosophy instruction.

The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought is also available in split volumes for courses that are divided chronologically: 

The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Volume 1: From Plato to Nietzsche

The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: From Machiavelli to Nietzsche

The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Volume 2: The Twentieth Century and Beyond


“This is a wonderful collection, with great introductory essays. … We should all be grateful to the editors for selecting and contextualizing so rich a body of materials.” — Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University

“The selections are broader than in other works I have seen. … The annotation is, as advertised, fuller than is usual in such works, and consistently helpful. … All in all, this is an impressive work—by far the best political anthology I have seen.” — George Klosko, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor, University of Virginia

“Quite simply, this is a fantastic anthology. It includes not just the standard readings from the western canon but also important ones left out of most anthologies, including several by women. The anthology includes concise, accurate, and extremely helpful introductions, which include, uniquely, a discussion of ‘common misperceptions’ of each work. These introductions are perfectly pitched for an undergraduate audience.” — Darren Walhof, Grand Valley State University



  • History of the Peloponnesian War, 2.40: Pericles’ Funeral Oration


  • Apology
  • Crito
  • The Republic
    • Book 1
      Book 2
      from Book 3
      from Book 4
      from Book 5
      from Book 7
      Book 8
      from Book 9


  • Nicomachean Ethics
    • from Book 1
      from Book 2
  • Politics
    • Book 1
      Book 2
      Book 3
      Book 4
      from Book 5
      from Book 7

Niccolò Machiavelli

  • The Prince (written 1513, published 1532)
    • Dedication
      Chapter 5: Concerning the way to govern cities or principalities which lived under their own laws before they were annexed
      Chapter 6: Concerning new principalities which are acquired through one’s own arms and ability
      Chapter 7: Concerning new principalities which are acquired either through the arms of others or by good fortune
      Chapter 8: Concerning those who have obtained a principality through wickedness
      Chapter 9: Concerning a civil principality
      Chapter 10: Concerning the way in which the strength of all principalities ought to be measured
      Chapter 11: Concerning ecclesiastical principalities
      Chapter 12: Of the different types of troops and mercenaries
      Chapter 13: Concerning auxiliary, mixed, and citizen soldiers
      Chapter 15: Concerning things for which men, and especially princes, are praised or blamed
      Chapter 16: Concerning generosity and miserliness
      Chapter 17: Concerning cruelty and mercy, and whether it is better to be loved than feared
      Chapter 18: Concerning the way in which princes should keep their word
      Chapter 19: That one should avoid being despised and hated
      Chapter 21: How a prince should act in order to gain esteem
      Chapter 22: Concerning princes’ advisors
      Chapter 23: How to avoid flatterers
      Chapter 24: Why the princes of Italy have lost their states
      Chapter 25: Of fortune’s power in human affairs, and how to deal with her
      Chapter 26: An exhortation to liberate Italy from the barbarians
  • Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius (1512-17)
    • Niccolò Machiavelli to Zanobi Buondelmonte and Cosima Rucellai
    • from First Book
      • Introduction
        Chapter 1: Of the Beginning of Cities in General, and Especially that of the City
        of Rome
        Chapter 2: Of the Different Kinds of Republics, and of What Kind the Roman Republic Was
    • from Second Book
      • Introduction
        Chapter 2: What Nations the Romans Had to Contend against and with What Obstinacy They Defended Their Liberty
        Chapter 20: Of the Dangers to Which Princes and Republic Are Exposed that Employ
        Auxiliary or Mercenary Troops
        Chapter 29: Fortune Blinds the Minds of Men When She Does Not Wish Them to
        Oppose Her Designs
    • from Third Book
      • Chapter 9: Whoever Desires Constant Success Must Change His Conduct with the Times

Thomas Hobbes

  • Leviathan (1660)
    • The Introduction
    • Part 1: Of Man
      • Chapter 10: Of Power, Worth, Dignity, Honor, and Worthiness
        Chapter 11: Of the Difference of Manners
        Chapter 13: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery
        Chapter 14: Of the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts
        Chapter 15: Of Other Laws of Nature
        Chapter 16: Of Persons, Authors, and Things Personated
    • Part 2: Of Commonwealth
      • Chapter 17: Of the Causes, Generation, and Definition of a Commonwealth
        Chapter 18: Of the Rights of Sovereigns by Institution
        Chapter 19: Of the Several Kinds of Commonwealth by Institution and of Succession
        to the Sovereign Power
        Chapter 20: Of Dominion Paternal and Despotical
        Chapter 21: Of the Liberty of Subjects
        Chapter 26: Of Civil Laws
        Chapter 29: Of Those Things that Weaken or Tend to the Dissolution of a
        Chapter 30: Of the Office of the Sovereign Representative

John Locke

  • Preface to the Two Treatises of Government
  • The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)
  • from A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689)

David Hume

  • Of the Original Contract (1748)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men (1755)
    • Preface
      Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men
      Appendix 1: Note [On Good and Evil in Human Life]
      Appendix 2: Note [On Human Variety]
      Appendix 3: Note [On the Views of John Locke]
      Appendix 4: Note [On Humans Living in an Intermediate Stage]
  • On the Social Contract or Principles of Political Right (1762)
    • Foreword
      Book 1
      Book 2
      Book 3
      Book 4

Immanuel Kant

  • To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch (1795)
    • “To Perpetual Peace”
      First Section: Which Contains the Preliminary Articles for Perpetual Peace among Nations
      Second Section: Which Contains the Definitive Articles for Perpetual Peace among Nations

Thomas Jefferson

  • The Declaration of Independence [as amended and adopted in Congress], July 4, 1776

Alexander Hamilton and James Madison

  • The Federalist No. 9
  • The Federalist No. 10
  • The Federalist No. 51
  • The Federalist No. 78

Mary Wollstonecraft

  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792)
    • Advertisement
      Part 1
      • from Chapter 1: The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered
        from Chapter 2: The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed
        from Chapter 3: The Same Subject Continued
        from Chapter 4: Observations on the State of Degradation to Which Woman Is Reduced
        by Various Causes
        from Chapter 5: Animadversions on Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity, Bordering on Contempt
        from Chapter 6: The Effect Which an Early Association of Ideas Has Upon the Character
        from Chapter 9: Of the Pernicious Effects Which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society
        from Chapter 12: On National Education
        from Chapter 13: Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; with Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement that a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected to Produce

Edmund Burke

  • from Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
  • from On “Geographical Morality”

Alexis de Tocqueville

  • Democracy in America, Book Two, Section 2 (1840)
    • Chapter 5: On the Use that Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life
      Chapter 6: Of the Relation between Associations and Newspapers
      Chapter 7: The Relationship between Civil and Political Associations
      Chapter 8: How Americans Combat Individualism with the Principle of Self-Interest Rightly Understood

Sojourner Truth

  • Speech Delivered at the Akron, Ohio Convention on Women’s Rights, 1851
    • As Reported by the Anti-Slavery Bugle, 21 June 1851
      As Reported by F.D. Gage for the National Anti-Slavery Standard, 2 May 1863

John Stuart Mill

  • On Liberty (1859)
    • from Chapter 1: Introductory
      from Chapter 2: Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion
      from Chapter 3: On Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-Being
      from Chapter 4: Of the Limits of the Authority of Society over the Individual
      from Chapter 5: Applications
  • Considerations on Representative Government (1861)
    • from Chapter 10: Of the Mode of Voting
      Chapter 16: Of Nationality, as Connected with Representative Government
  • Utilitarianism (1863)
    • from Chapter 2: What Utilitarianism Is
      from Chapter 3: Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility
      from Chapter 5: On the Connection between Justice and Utility
  • from The Subjection of Women (1869)

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

  • Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)
    • Estranged Labor
      Private Property and Communism
      from The German Ideology (1845)
      1. Ideology in General, German Ideology in Particular

      Theses on Feuerbach (1845)
      The Communist Manifesto (1848)

      1. Bourgeois and Proletarians
      2. Proletarians and Communists
      3. Socialist and Communist Literature
        Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties
    • Critique of the Gotha Program (1875)

Friedrich Nietzsche

  • On the Genealogy of Morals (1887)
    • from First Essay: Good and Evil, Good and Bad
      from Second Essay: Guilt, Bad Conscience and Related Matters

V.I. Lenin

  • from What Is to Be Done? (1902)

W.E.B. Du Bois

  • from The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
    • Chapter 1: Of Our Spiritual Strivings

Simone de Beauvoir

  • from The Second Sex (1949)

Isaiah Berlin

  • “Two Concepts of Liberty” (1958)

Frantz Fanon

  • from The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

Jürgen Habermas

  • A summary of the 1962 work The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, “The Public Sphere” (1973)
  • from The Inclusion of the Other: Studies in Political Theory, “Three Normative Models of Democracy” (1996)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (April 16, 1963)

John Rawls

  • from A Theory of Justice (originally published 1971, revised edition 1999)
    • 3. The Main Idea of the Theory of Justice
      4. The Original Position and Justification
      5. Classical Utilitarianism
      6. Some Related Contrasts
      11. Two Principles of Justice
      13. Democratic Equality and the Difference Principle
      14. Fair Equality of Opportunity and Pure Procedural Justice
      15. Primary Social Goods as the Basis of Expectations
      17. The Tendency to Equality
      24. The Veil of Ignorance
  • “The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus” (1987)

Robert Nozick

  • from Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974)
    • from Chapter 7: Distributive Justice

Michel Foucault

  • from Discipline and Punish (1975)

Michael J. Sandel

  • “The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self ” (1984)

Susan Moller Okin

  • from Justice, Gender, and the Family (1989)
    • Chapter 5: Justice as Fairness: For Whom?
      Chapter 8: Conclusion: Toward a Humanist Justice

Iris Young

  • from Justice and the Politics of Difference (1990)
    • Chapter 1: Displacing the Distributive Paradigm

Will Kymlicka

  • from Multicultural Citizenship (1995)
    • Chapter 6: Justice and Minority Rights

Permissions Acknowledgments

Index of Authors and Titles

General Editors:
Andrew Bailey, University of Guelph
Samantha Brennan, University of Western Ontario
Will Kymlicka, Queen’s University
Jacob Levy, McGill University
Alex Sager, Portland State University
Clark Wolf, Iowa State University

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