Who ought to govern? Why should I obey the law? What is the proper education for a citizen and a statesman? These questions probe some of the deepest and most enduring problems that every society confronts, regardless of time and place. This book introduces the wide terrain of political philosophy through the classic texts of the discipline.
Steven B. Smith is Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science, Yale University. His previous books include the prize-winning Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity and Spinoza's Book of Life, both published by Yale University Press. He lives in New Haven, CT.