Download PDF by Harvey C. Mansfield: A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy (Isi Guides to the

By Harvey C. Mansfield

ISBN-10: 1882926439

ISBN-13: 9781882926435

The ebook is a quick chronological account of Western political inspiration interspersed with many of the author's recommendations. i used to be dissatisfied firstly whilst i noticed how brief this e-book I had obtained used to be simply because i used to be hoping for a few meaty examining, yet i spotted that the most objective of this booklet is to direct the reader to the particular texts. Mansfield supplies a quick checklist on the finish of the publication of the simplest translations.

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The people were not understood by Hobbes to be a working democracy—a government he disliked—and any distinctions within the people, such as nobles and commoners, owed their existence in his system to the decision of the sovereign, hence ultimately to the consent of the people. Still, whatever the sovereign decides the people must obey, because they have authorized the sovereign to act on their behalf. Sovereignty needs to be absolute. Any limitation of its power would in effect divide power against itself and return the people to the state of nature they had wished to escape.

878-950). The Political Regime, in Medieval Political Philosophy, ed. Ralph Lerner and Muhsin Mahdi. Moses Maimonides (1135-1204). The Guide for the Perplexed, trans. Shlomo Pines. Intro. by Leo Strauss. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). On Law, Morality, and Politics (excerpts), ed. William P. Baumgarth and Richard J. Regan, S. J. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). The Prince, trans. Harvey C. Mansfield; Discourses on Livy, trans. Harvey C. Mansfield and Nathan Tarcov. Francis Bacon (1561-1626). New Atlantis.

Political men do not see why anyone could be satisfied with a life without glory, and nonpolitical types do not see the reason why they should bother. No justice can ever come about between two such humors, as the rulers always want too much and the ruled are never willing to concede enough. Obviously, then, rulers can rule only by concealing 35 Harvey C. Mansfield their rule from the ruled, only by a kind of fraud. Let’s not go into the dirty details of Machiavelli’s little tricks. It’s enough to say that he has a “remedy” (his word) for the problem of partisanship as he has redefined it, a remedy in which justice has been abandoned and the common good newly understood as not including those few who on occasion may need to be murdered so as to keep everyone on his toes, ready to obey.

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