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I want to read up on these two areas for my personal statement, can anyone reccomend me some books? Nothing too dense but well known/respected books would be great. Preferably not fiction. Thanks x
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Ethics

Aristotle - Nichomachean Ethics
GE Moore - Principia Ethica (a little heavy, not really necessary)
Singer - Practical Ethics

General Introdcution

A. MacIntyre - A Short History of Ethics
Peter Singer - A Companion to Ethics
J Sterba (ed) - Ethics "the Big Questions"
James Rachels - Elements of Moral Philosophy

Political Philosophy.

Thinkers to look at
Plato (Republic)
Aristotle (Ethics and Politics)
Hobbes (LEviathon)
Locke (Two Treaties of Government)
Rousseau
J S Mill - On Liberty
Isaiah Berlin

If you're interested in the environment/green political thought then try: -

A Dobson, A Green Political Thought.

For general introductions/anthologies in poltical philosophy: -

Redhead - From Plato to NATO
Boucher and Kelley (eds) - Political THinkers: From Socrates to the Present


Both are quite large and spend one chapter on major thinkers from the past 2,000 years. There's also Woolf - "An Introduction to Political Philosophy". This is more brief and probably far more suitable.

For general, brief introductions to philosophy then Bertrand Russell's Introduction to Western Philosophy.

I think Woolf's book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Introduction...017747&sr=8-2), and maybe try and tackle Aristotle and some political philosophy/moral philosophy articles on these free sites: -

http://plato.stanford.edu/

http://www.iep.utm.edu/

Is enough. Try and search for articles on Hobbes/Rousseau/Social Contract/Mill/Liberty or, for moral philosophy, Virtue Theory, utiltiarianism, Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics), Existentianalism, Immaneul Kant and the Categorical Imperative on those two sites. There's no need to go through every thinker.
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So, in conclusion.

Ethics

Introductory article

http://www.iep.utm.edu/e/ethics.htm

Aristotle

http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/aris-eth.htm
http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/entries/aristotle-ethics/

Aquinas/Natural Law

http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/aq-moral.htm

Virtue Ethics

http://www.iep.utm.edu/v/virtue.htm

Utilitarianism/Consequentionalism

http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/entries/consequentialism/

G. E. Moore

http://www.iep.utm.edu/m/moore.htm#H3

Environmental Ethics

http://www.iep.utm.edu/e/envi-eth.htm


Political Philosophy

Introductory article

http://www.iep.utm.edu/p/polphil.htm

Aristotle
http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/aris-pol.htm
http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/entries/aristotle-politics/
Plato
http://www.iep.utm.edu/p/platopol.htm

Hobbes/Locke/Rousseau and the Social Contract

http://www.iep.utm.edu/h/hobmoral.htm
http://www.iep.utm.edu/l/locke-po.htm
http://www.iep.utm.edu/r/rousseau.htm#H4

Berlin

http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/entries/berlin/

I hope this isn't too heavy? If so, don't worry, just use a few of the introductory books I gave. Especially Woolf's Introduction to Political Philosophy (it's a great little book) It may also be worth read a couple of philosophers' own books, esepcially Plato and Aristotle (for obvious reasons).
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missygeorgia
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Wow, thanks so much! That's more than enough :]
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No worries, thanks for the rep
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Kater Murr
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Yeah, River's pretty much covered them...
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I second RIver's recommendation of the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy in the strongest possible terms. A really excellent resource, & free too. If you're interested in a basic person-by-person approach, then some of the Routledge 'key thinkers'-type books are also useful.
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River - might I ask which Rousseau book you'd recommend? I'm trying to read some political theory myself and in the middle of one of his more personal texts.

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River - might I ask which Rousseau book you'd recommend? I'm trying to read some political theory myself and in the middle of one of his more personal texts.

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Rousseau's writings themesleves? "The Social Contract and other later political writings" and "The Discourses and other early political writings" from the Cambridge Texts in the History of Poltical Thought edited by Victor Gourevitch.

As for commentaries then Nicholas Dent offers a good introduction to Rousseau's life and writings in "Rousseau". Maurice Cranston has written a multi-volume biography, with the final book "The Solitary Self: Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Exile and Adversity" and "The Noble Savage: 1754-1762" particularly recommended.

For a small, almost pocket sized, companion to Rousseau then Robert Wokler's "Rousseau" from Oxford University Press' "Past Masters" series is a more than adequare lucid introduction.

Don't forget the Cambridge Companion Series. Patrick Riley wrote the Rousseau edition

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cambridge-Co...5110872&sr=8-1

It has just struck how much I'm swimming in books!
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I would advise against Leviathan; the book spends about a 1/4 going through the fact that expression and language is determined by definition (and how this affects religion etc), another 1/3 on how we're selfish *******s and should have to give up aspects of personal freedom, and the last 1/3 is a tant against forms of organised religion.


I do have to say though - very very well written, elegant and expressive.
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