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Political Thought: A Student's Guide

Political Thought A Student s Guide Politics affect everyone everywhere Yet most people do not know how to communicate or think methodically much less unemotionally about the issues at hand What we need is for our thinking to be grounde

  • Title: Political Thought: A Student's Guide
  • Author: Hunter Baker David S. Dockery
  • ISBN: 9781433531194
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Politics affect everyone everywhere Yet most people do not know how to communicate or think methodically much less unemotionally about the issues at hand What we need is for our thinking to be grounded in the basic framework of order, freedom, justice, and equality.Award winning professor Hunter Baker helps political amateurs gain a foundational understanding of the suPolitics affect everyone everywhere Yet most people do not know how to communicate or think methodically much less unemotionally about the issues at hand What we need is for our thinking to be grounded in the basic framework of order, freedom, justice, and equality.Award winning professor Hunter Baker helps political amateurs gain a foundational understanding of the subject and encourages seasoned political observers to find a fresh perspective in this book Learn how to fruitfully consider and discuss politics, and gain a greater capacity for evaluating political proposals and the claims that go with them.

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    1 thought on “Political Thought: A Student's Guide

    1. I'm rating this book based on what it tries to achieve and whether it succeeds. It's supposed be a short introduction to political thought, or political philosophy. Designed for college students, it attempts to get the reader to think about the role of government and what value we place on order, freedom, and justice. This book does not address many specific political issues or advocate one party over against another. Rather, it deals with foundational issues. It seems to me that when people tal [...]

    2. I'm giving it four stars though I think it probably deserves 3 and a half. It is well written, highly accessible, and in some places provides a stellar portrayal of political philosophy. However, the weakest portions are those handling Christian political philosophy, giving only brief attention to Augustine, Luther, and Aquinas. Giving scant attention here led Baker to rely more upon his own viewpoint in drawing conclusions, which took away from the excellent expositions in other sections. There [...]

    3. Good! A solid intro to the concepts and problems of thinking politically. Perhaps a little narrow in places, but any more content would make it unwieldy.

    4. A great primer into Christian political philosophical thought. Dr. Baker uses simple concepts of family to explain freedom and liberty. Worth reading and discussing with your high school children

    5. Overall, a helpful little intro to political philosophy. Baker breaks down political thought around main thinkers (Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and the much later Rawls) and their main ideas (liberty, order, equality, and justice).While the book is a primer, Baker's own views of justice being only civil rights rather than fairness and unease over expansion of government power come out. Baker offers some good criticism of Rawl's view of justice, and I would have liked to see more, but the strictures [...]

    6. Any Christian political scientist who heartily thanks Bill Buckley and Russell Kirk in his introduction is alright by me! This work is the most theoretical of any I've read in the series, and with political thought I think that is necessary. This is basically a brief history of 350 years of Western political thought as it shaped the Founders of this country. Baker recognizes the overarching need for freedom, and for justice only when that freedom is abridged (this "negative" view of justice is t [...]

    7. Baker provides a succinct and helpful introduction to political thought. He includes brief surveys of major political philosophers such as Hobbes, Mill, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as surveying some key political themes like justice, order, and freedom. He does an excellent job of surveying the role of government generally and specific Christian contribution to government. This is an excellent introduction in both clarity and scope and I highly recommend it to any who wish to foray into the fie [...]

    8. Politics engenders controversy faster than most other topics. Mix in a Christian approach to politics and the powder keg is lit. Yet Baker insists that a Christ-centered worldview will inevitably become involved in the political arena since the issues of political theory—liberty, justice, peace—are not only things that God has spoken of but things which Christian freedom obligates us to pursue wisely. Well-written, but clearly in need of further chapters than this format allowed.

    9. Hunter Baker has written an excellent, concise introduction to political thought. Don't let the size of this slim volume fool you. Baker carefully guides students through the vital questions of political philosophy: what is the nature of justice, what is the proper role of government and what should be its limits, and what is the nature of a good society. I am impressed with Baker's ability to address such a large subject with clarity.

    10. A great introduction to political philosophy and thinking. Readable, thought provoking and engaging. Obviously, a great book for students but equally good for anyone wanting to get a basic handle on he classic debates in this area and think a bit more deeply about the fundamental issues involved.

    11. Hunter Baker does a good job in a brief space of describing different approaches to government, key themes such as order, freedom, justice, and the Christian's role in the political process. This is a good introduction to political thought from a Christian perspective.

    12. This is a terrific little manual on political theory. It is not presented like an outline; it is as if Baker paints a landscape and invites us to explore it. I want to read his other works now.

    13. Great introduction to competing visions of humanity (Rousseau, Locke, Hobbes)and their political implications, particularly for Christians.

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