Social & Political Philosophy

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  1. Book ImageThe Prince: A Norton Critical Edition

    Niccolò Machiavelli, Wayne A. Rebhorn

    Third Edition

    “A highly-readable translation and very inclusive selection of critical responses, making this the best edition of the text for an undergraduate readership.”  —Christian M. Billing, University of Hull  

    “It is quite thorough for one semester, and bears up well for ongoing study. This is a very well-thought-out concept for such a seminal work.  It more than meets the requirements for my upper-level undergraduate courses.”  —Jeff Steele, Principia College

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  2. Book ImageThe Communist Manifesto

    Frederic L. Bender, Karl Marx

    Second Edition

    Karl Marx’s 1848 text is reframed in this revised Norton Critical Edition in the context of twenty-first-century theoretical debates, capitalist globalization, the information technology revolution, and contemporary struggles up to and including the 2011 “Arab Spring.”More

  3. Book ImageConstitution Café: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution

    Christopher Phillips

    “A provocative extension of Jefferson’s original plan.”—Kirkus ReviewsMore

  4. Book ImageCommon Sense and Other Writings

    Thomas Paine, J. M. Opal

    Thomas Paine often declared himself a citizen of the world. This Norton Critical Edition presents Paine and his writing within the transatlantic and global context of the revolutionary ideas and actions of his time.More

  5. Book ImageUtopia

    Thomas More, Robert M. Adams, George M. Logan

    Third Edition

    Inspiring, provocative, prophetic, and enigmatic, Utopia is the literary masterpiece of a visionary statesman and one of the most influential books of the modern world.More

  6. Book ImageA Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    Mary Wollstonecraft, Deidre Shauna Lynch

    Third Edition

    Arguably the most original book of the eighteenth century, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is a pioneering feminist work.More

  7. Book ImageThe Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    Max Weber, Richard Swedberg

    The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is Max Weber’s most important work and, since its publication in 1904, has been widely considered the most important sociological study of the twentieth century.More

  8. Book ImageInventing Human Rights: A History

    Lynn Hunt

    “A tour de force.”—Gordon S. Wood, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  9. Book ImageWalden / Civil Disobedience / and Other Writings

    Henry D. Thoreau, William Rossi

    Third Edition

    This revised and expanded Third Edition adds three important post-Walden essays, "Slavery in Massachusetts," "Walking," and "Wild Apples," bringing the full scope of Thoreau's mature powers to twenty-first-century readers. The texts are accompanied by explanatory annotations, Thoreau's survey of Walden Pond, and the 1852 Walling map of Concord village and its environs.More

  10. Book ImageDemocracy in America

    Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeves, Isaac Kramnick

    The Norton Critical Edition presents Tocqueville’s classic text in the Henry Reeves translation.More

  11. Book ImageThe Selected Political Writings of John Locke

    John Locke, Paul E. Sigmund

    John Locke’s revolutionary writings created a sea change in political theory and, eventually, in liberal democracy in practice.More

  12. Book ImageRespect in a World of Inequality

    Richard Sennett

    The powerful case for a society of mutual respect.More

  13. Book ImageThe Souls of Black Folk

    W. E. B. Du Bois, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terri Hume Oliver

    When it was published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk revolutionized thinking about the experience of African Americans in the United States.More

  14. Book ImageLeviathan

    Thomas Hobbes, Richard Flathman, David Johnston

    This Norton Critical Edition of arguably the greatest work of political theory written in the English language contains the bulk of Hobbes's treatise, including all chapters except those of interest primarily to professional historical scholars.More

  15. Book ImageThe Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli, Robert M. Adams

    Second Edition

    Robert M. Adams’s superb translation of Machiavelli’s best-known work is again the basis for this Norton Critical Edition.More

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