At a time when political labels are hurled carelessly in the public square, Sanford Lakoff provides a careful and highly accessible introduction to ten political ideas that have shaped modern thinking. Each chapter traces the history and examines the meaning of one of these ideas, clarifying its meaning and impact by examining its history and interpretation. By explaining what these ideas have come to mean, both those we may endorse and those we may deplore, Lakoff challenges readers' preconceptions and promotes critical thinking about the big questions of politics. The result will appeal to all readers interested in the history of political ideas.
Sanford Lakoff is Dickeson Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as founding chair of his department. He has received accolades for teaching and the Chancellor's Associates Award for promoting discussion of public affairs. He taught previously at Harvard, Stony Brook, and the University of Toronto, and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Rochester, MIT, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Lakoff is the author of numerous book and scholarly articles on the history of political thought and relations of science and government including, Equality in Political Philosophy, Democracy, Max Lerner, and A Glossary of Political Ideas.