Politics affect everyone everywhere. Yet most people do not know how to communicate or think methodically—much less unemotionally—about the issues at hand. We need to ground our thinking 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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Political Thought is a wonderful introduction to the study of politics. Hunter Baker writes as a true teacher, offering not only rigor and clarity but also a personal touch. He shows his reader that the study of political thought is not just an abstract exercise for dreary academics, but an application of practical reason to the question of how we are to live together in freedom and order to advance the common good. While introducing the student to the greatest political philosophers in history, Professor Baker takes great care in showing the indelible marks these thinkers have left on our civilization, and how they, for good or ill, have shaped the way Christians should critically assess their place in civil society and its political institutions.
—Francis J. Beckwith, professor of philosophy and church-state studies, Baylor University
What is the purpose of politics? How should we order our lives together? In lively and engaging prose, Hunter Baker surveys the answers that great thinkers have given to these enduring questions. His book is an excellent, accessible introduction to the fundamental themes of political discourse—and to why these matter for the rising generation.
—George H. Nash, author, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945
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Hunter Baker is associate dean of arts and sciences at Union University and has written for a wide variety of publications including Christianity Today. He is the winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award given by the Acton Institute for outstanding scholarly research on the relationship between religion, economic freedom, and the free and virtuous society. He holds a PhD from Baylor University and a JD from the University of Houston.