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Political theory is the categorization of social thought by a group or by the persuasion or beliefs of a geo-political mass. Many political theories are founded as critiques toward existing political, economic and social conditions of the theorist’s time. Political theory can also be considered as a critical tradition of discourse that provides a reflection on collective life, the uses of collective power, and resources within a collectivity. The emphasis of political theory changes over time. As you will read, there are many different elements that create the foundation for theoretical analysis towards political science. From Thucydides to Chomsky, from the Hellenic to Australasian, from Hitler through to Che.
- Basic Principles
- Political Theory in the Ancient Near East
- Political Theory In Ancient Far East
- Political Theory in Ancient Greece
- Late Roman Advances
- Empirical and Normative Theories
- Renaissance Political Theory
- Early Humanism
- Scottish Enlightenment (Adam Smith)
- Modern Liberalism (Kant)
- Modern Conservatism (Burke, Neo-Conservativism)
- Marxism (Hegel, Marx and Lenin)
- Elements of Normative Theory
- Non-Normative Theories
- Ideologies of Government