The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought – Volume 1: From Plato to Nietzsche
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551117423 / 1551117428
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The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought – Volume 1: From Plato to Nietzsche

  • Publication Date: March 6, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551117423 / 1551117428
  • 1136 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 comprehensive volume contains much of the important work in political and social philosophy from ancient times until the end of the nineteenth century. The anthology offers both depth and breadth in its selection of material by central figures, while also representing other currents of political thought. Thucydides, Seneca, and Cicero are included along with Plato and Aristotle; Al-Farabi, Marsilius of Padua, and de Pizan take their place alongside Augustine and Aquinas; Astell and Constant are presented in the company of Locke, Rousseau, and Wollstonecraft.

The editors have made every effort to include translations that are both readable and reliable. Every selection has been painstakingly annotated, and each figure is given a substantial introduction highlighting his or her major contribution within the tradition. In order to ensure the highest standards of accuracy and accessibility, the editors have consulted dozens of leading academics during the course of the anthology’s development (a number of whom have contributed introductory material as well as advice). The result is an anthology with unparalleled pedagogical benefits, and one that truly breaks new ground.

The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought is also available as a single volume of Essential Readings, covering the full historical span of Western social and political thought from ancient Greece to the 21st Century.

Also available:

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


“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

“This is an admirable collection of primary readings, including sources not usually available in volumes of this kind. The introductory materials and annotations by the editors provide clear orientation on the primary texts, while noting debated questions. Highly recommended.” — Douglas Moggach, University of Ottawa

“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

“Broadview has long been one of my favorite presses because of its commitment to affordable but high-quality texts. This two-volume project in general and its first, historical volume in particular live up to that ideal, including extremely thoughtful but succinct editorial introductions and incorporating more than the most obvious canonical figures. Particularly heartening is to see included here many frequently-ignored woman theorists. Their inclusion is of more than antiquarian interest or a sign of the editors catering to current trends: the texts are important and help significantly enrich students’ understanding, especially of the development of modern thought. I definitely intend to use The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought in my introductory theory course in the future.” — Mika LaVaque-Manty, University of Michigan

“With its broader-than-usual range of political thinkers, including in particular more women authors, and its critical apparatus, the first volume of The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought will be a most welcome resource for courses introducing students to political thinking from Thucydides to Nietzsche.” — Matthias Fritsch, Concordia University

“This unique volume accomplishes what few anthologies are able to: it is, at the same time, an excellent teaching tool and an indispensible part of any scholar’s library. Its scope reflects thoughtful and inclusive choices. The explanatory commentaries which precede the work of each theorist are well presented, helpful, and in some cases, clear muddy waters by directly tackling common misconceptions. This is a ‘must-have’ resource for anyone studying or teaching political theory today.” — Avigail Eisenberg, University of Victoria

“This is a remarkable anthology, offering invaluable range and depth both in its selection of historical texts, and in the illuminating introductions which preface the work of each thinker. It will be a rich resource for students and tutors at all levels of the study of social and political ideas.” — Gideon Calder, University of Wales, Newport


PART I The Classical Period


  • History of the Peloponnesian War, 2.40: Pericles’ Funeral Oration
  • History of the Peloponnesian War, 5.84-116: Melian Dialogue


  • Apology
  • Crito
  • Death Scene from the Phaedo
  • The Republic
    • Book 1
      Book 2
      from Book 3
      from Book 4
      from Book 5
      from Book 7
      Book 8
      from Book 9
  • Laws, Book 1


  • Nicomachean Ethics
    • Book 1 [Happiness]
      Book 2 [Virtue of Character]
      from Book 3 [The Individual Virtues of Character]
      Book 5 [Justice]
      Book 8 [Friendship]
      from Book 10 [Happiness: Further Discussion]
      • [From Ethics to Politics]
  • Politics
    • Book 1
      Book 2
      Book 3
      Book 4
      from Book 5
      from Book 7


  • The Histories: Fragments of Book 6
    • 1. From Preface
      2. On the Forms of States
      5. On the Roman Constitution at its Prime


  • On Duties (44 BCE)


  • Letter on Slaves

PART II The Medieval Period


  • City of God (413-427), from Preface


  • The Political Regime
    • A. The Ignorant Cities
      B. The Immoral Cities
      C. The Erring Cities
      D. The Weeds in Virtuous Cities


  • Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190)
    • from Part 3, Chapter 27
      from Part 3, Chapter 28
      Part 3, Chapter 34


  • Summa Contra Gentiles (1258-1264)
    • Book 1, Chapter 3
      Book 1, Chapter 4
      Book 1, Chapter 7
      Book 1, Chapter 8
      Book 3, Chapter 64
      Book 3, Chapter 81
  • Summa Theologiae (1265-1274)
    • Question 90. The Essence of Law
      Question 94. The Natural Law
      Question 95. Human Law


  • The Defender of the Peace (1324)
    • Discourse 1, Chapter 10
      Discourse 1, Chapter 11


  • City of the Ladies (c. 1405)
    • 1. Here Begins the Book of the City of the Ladies, in which the First Chapter Tells Why
      and for What Purpose This Book Was Written
  • The Book of the Body Politic (1406-1407)
    • Chapter 4. Here We Begin to Discuss the Third Estate of the People, and First, Clerics Studying the Branches of Knowledge
      Chapter 5. More on the Same Subject
      Chapter 6. On the Second Estate of People, That Is, the Burghers and Merchants
      Chapter 8. On Merchants
      Chapter 9. The Third Class of the People
      Chapter 10. On Simple Laborers
  • The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry (1410)
    • Concerning the Prime Causes of Wars and Battles
      V. Considerations a King or Prince Should Entertain in Initiating War and the Points He Should Keep in Mind While Deliberating the Matter

PART III The Early Modern Period


  • The Prince
    • 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 14: That which concerns a prince on the subject of the art of war
      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 (1512-1517)
    • 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


  • from Temporal Authority: To What Extent It Should Be Obeyed (1523)


  • from On Civil Government (1534)


  • Leviathan (1651)
    • 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 Commonwealth
        Chapter 30: Of the Office of the Sovereign Representative


  • The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)
    • Preface
      Book 2 [The Second Treatise]
  • A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689)


  • Some Reflections upon Marriage (1700), from Preface


  • The Spirit of the Laws (1748), from Part 2, Book 11


  • A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-1740), Part 2: Of Justice and Injustice
  • An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (1751)
    • Appendix 3: Some Farther Considerations with Regard to Justice
  • Of the Original Contract (1748)


  • 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)
      Book 1
      Book 2
      Book 3
      Book 4


  • The Wealth of Nations (1776)
    • from Book 1. Of the Causes of Improvement in the Productive Powers of Labor, and of the Order According to Which Its Produce is Naturally Distributed Among the Different Ranks of the People
      • Chapter 1: Of the Division of Labor
        Chapter 2: Of the Principle Which Gives Occasion to the Division of Labor
        Chapter 3: That the Division of Labor Is Limited by the Extent of the Market
        Chapter 10, Part 2: Inequalities by the Policy of Europe
    • from Book 4
      • Chapter 2: Of Restraints upon the Importation from Foreign Countries of Such Goods
        as Can Be Produced At Home
        Chapter 9: Of the Agricultural Systems


  • Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (1785)
    • from the Preface
      First Section: Transition from the Common Rational Moral Cognition to the Philosophical
      Moral Cognition
      from Second Section: Transition from Popular Moral Philosophy to the Metaphysics of Morals
  • 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


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


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


  • Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen (1791)


  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (1792)
    • Advertisement
    • Introduction
    • from 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 Eff ects 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


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

PART IV The Nineteenth Century


  • The Liberty of Ancients Compared with that of Moderns (1816)


  • The Phenomenology of Spirit (1807)
    • A. Independence and Dependence of Self-Consciousness: Lordship and Bondage
  • Philosophy of Right (1821)
    • from Preface
      from Introduction
      from Subdivisions
      from Part One: Abstract Right
      from Part Three: Ethical Life


  • An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1780, published 1789)
    • Chapter 1: Of the Principle of Utility
      Chapter 4: Value of a Lot of Pleasure or Pain, How to Be Measured
      Chapter 13: Cases Unmeet for Punishment
  • Offences against One’s Self: Paederasty, Part 1 (1785)
  • Panopticon; or the Inspection-House (1789)
    • Letter 1: Idea of the Inspection House
      Letter 2: Plan for a Penitentiary Inspection-House
      Letter 5: Essential Points of the Plan
      Letter 6: Advantages of the Plan


  • 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)


  • The Enfranchisement of Women (1851)


  • 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


  • Democracy in America (1835)
    • 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


  • from Civil Disobedience (1849)


  • On Bruno Bauer’s On the Jewish Question (1843)
  • On Bruno Bauer’s The Capacity for the Present-day Jews and Christians to Become Free (1843)
  • Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)
    • Estranged Labor
      Private Property and Communism
  • The German Ideology (1845), A. 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)


  • Beyond Good and Evil
    • from Part Five: A Natural History of Morals
      from Part Nine: What is Noble?
  • On the Genealogy of Morals

    • from First Essay: Good and Evil, Good and Bad
      from Second Essay: Guilt, Bad Conscience and Related Matters

Sources/Permission 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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