By Anonymous, May 20, 2009 in Pedagogy and Teaching
I would love recommendations for a good textbook to supplement primary readings in an Introduction to Political Theory course I'll be teaching this fall. I'm looking for a text that will provide students with historical and theoretical background for individual thinkers, starting in Antiquity and leading up to the Modern Era. The idea is that while most of the time we'll spend focusing on the original sources—Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, etc.—I won't feel obligated to cover every detail, and students will see the big picture of how each philosopher fits into the broader context. Thanks for your suggestions!