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The Prince

By: Niccolo Machiavelli

Nicolo Machiavelli, born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. From 1494 to 1512 held an official post at Florence which included diplomatic missions to various European courts. Imprisoned in Florence, 1512; later exiled and returned to San Casciano. Died at Florence on 22nd June 1527.

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On Liberty

By: Mill, J. S.

Description: Discussed and debated from time immemorial, the concept of personal liberty went without codification until the 1859 publication of On Liberty. John Stuart Mill's complete and resolute dedication to the cause of freedom inspired this treatise, an enduring work through which the concept remains well known and studied. The British economist, philosopher, and ethical theorist's argument does not focus on the so-called Liberty of the Will…but Civil, or Social Li...

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The Federalist Papers

By: Alexander Hamilton

Excerpt: To the People of the State of New York: After an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the union, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the w...

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The Art of War

By: Sun Tzu

Description: A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face...

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The Republic

By: Plato

Excerpt: The Republic by Plato.

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Philosophy of Right

By: G.W.F. Hegel

Economic Theory Literature

Excerpt: Translator?s Preface. In his preface, Hegel?s editor, Professor Eduard Gans, makes some interesting remarks upon the ?Philosophy of Right,? and informs us as to the way in which the matter of the book had been put together. He dates his preface May 29th, 1833, thirteen years, lacking one month, later than Hegel?s date for the completion of his own preface, and eighteen months after the philosopher?s death. Hegel had, it would appear, lived to see the outbreak of...

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The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right

By: Jean Jacques Rousseau

Excerpt: This little treatise is part of a longer work which I began years ago without realising my limitations, and long since abandoned. Of the various fragments that might have been extracted from what I wrote, this is the most considerable, and, I think, the least unworthy of being offered to the public. The rest no longer exists.

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Utopia

By: More, Thomas

Description: Sir Thomas More, son of Sir John More, a justice of the King's Bench, was born in 1478, in Milk Street, in the city of London. After his earlier education at St. Anthony's School, in Threadneedle Street, he was placed, as a boy, in the household of Cardinal John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor. It was not unusual for persons of wealth or influence and sons of good families to be so established together in a relation of patron and client....

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Leviathan

By: Hobbes, Thomas

Description: iewing politics as a science capable of the same axiomatic approach as mathematics, Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan retains its appeal for the modern reader, not just in its elevation of politics to a science, but in its overriding concern for peace. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by C.B. Macpherson. Written during the turmoil of the English Civil War, Leviathan is an ambitious and highly original work of political philosophy. Claiming...

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Democracy in America

By: Alexis de Tocqueville; Henry Reeve
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Revolutionary Socialism, A Study in Socialist Reconstruction

By: Corey, Lewis; Socialist Propaganda League

Vol. 1. A.-J.- Vol. 2. L.-Z

Spanish literature ; Spanish literature

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The Philosophical Works of John Locke : Volume 1

By: John Locke, James Augustus St. John
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Politics Aristotle

By: Translated by W.D. Ross

Economic Theory Literature

Excerpt: BOOK ONE: Part I. Every state is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good; for mankind always act in order to obtain that which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some good, the state or political community, which is the highest of all, and which embraces all the rest, aims at good in a greater degree than any other, and at the highest good. Some people think that the qualifications of a statesman, king, ...

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Common Sense

By: Thomas Paine

Introduction: Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

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The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

By: Engels, Friedrich

A discussion of Lewis H. Morgan's Ancient society.

Additional Subjects: Family; Property

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Albany Plan of Union

By: Benjamin Franklin

Excerpt: It is proposed that humble application be made for an act of Parliament of Great Britain, by virtue of which one general government may be formed in America, including all the said colonies, within and under which government each colony may retain its present constitution, except in the particulars wherein a change may be directed by the said act, as hereafter follows.

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Chronological Tables of the Chinese Dynasties : From the Chow Dyna...

By: E. R. Lyman, Tso Ting Wang, Theodore Wong
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An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

By: Jeremy Bentham

Economic Theory Literature

Preface: The following sheets were, as the note on the opposite page expresses, printed so long ago as the year 1780. The design, in pursuance of which they were written, was not so extensive as that announced by the present title. They had at that time no other destination than that of serving as an introduction to a plan of a penal code in terminus, designed to follow them, in the same volume. The body of the work had received its completion according to the then prese...

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The Elements of Law Natural and Politic

By: Thomas Hobbes

From the two principal parts of our nature, Reason and Passion, have proceeded two kinds of learning, mathematical and dogmatical. The former is free from controversies and dispute, because it consisteth in comparing figures and motion only; in which things truth and the interest of men, oppose not each other. But in the later there is nothing not disputable, because it compareth men, and meddleth with their right and profit; in which as oft as reason is against a man, s...

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Excerpts from Frame of Government of Pennsylvania

By: William Penn

When the great and wise God had made the world, of all his creatures it pleased him to choose man his deputy to rule it; and to fit him for so great a charge and trust, he did not only qualify him with skill and power but with integrity to use them justly. This native goodness was equally his honor and his happiness; and whilst he stood here, all went well; there was no need of coercive or compulsive means, the precept of divine love and truth, in his bosom, was the guid...

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