Series Editors:

RAYMOND GEUSS Columbia University
QUENTIN SKINNER Christ's College, Cambridge

The series is intended to make available to students the most important texts required for an understanding of the history of political thought. The scholarship of the present generation has greatly expanded our sense of the range of authors indispensable for such an understanding, and the series will reflect those developments. It will also include a number of less well-known works, in particular those needed to establish the intellectual contexts that in turn help to make sense of the major texts. The principal aim, however, will be to produce new versions of the major texts themselves, based on the most up-to-date scholarship. The preference will always be for complete texts, and a special feature of the series will be to complement individual texts, within the compass of a single volume, with subsidiary contextual material. Each volume will contain an introduction on the historical identity and contemporary significance of the work or works concerned, as well as a chronology, notes on further reading and (where appropriate) brief biographical sketches of significant individuals mentioned in each text.

For a list of titles published in the series, please see end of book


Political Writings



(Formerly Reader in Philosophy The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth)


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Price, Richard, 1723-1791. [Selections. 1992]

Political writings / Richard Price: edited by D. O. Thomas. p. cm. -
(Cambridge texts in the history of political thought)

Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0 521 40162 3. - ISBN 0 521 40969 1 (paper)
1. Political science. 2. Civil rights.
1. Thomas, David Oswald. II. Tide. III. Series
JCI76.P726 1992 323'.092 - dc20 91-12548 CIP

ISBN 0 521 40162 3 hardback
ISBN 0 521 40969 1 paperback


Titles published in the series thus far

Aristotle The Politics (edited by Stephen Everson)

Bakunin Statism and Anarchy (edited by Marshall Shatz)

Bentham A Fragment on Government (introduction by Ross Harrison)

Bossuet Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture (edited by Patrick Riley)

Cicero On Duties (edited by M. T. Griffin and E. M. Atkins)

Constant Political Writings (edited by Biancamaria Fontana)

Filmer Patriarcha and Other Writings (edited by Johann P. Sommerville)

Hegel Elements of the Philosophy of Right (edited by Allen W. Wood and H. B. Nisbet)

Hobbes Leviathan (edited by Richard Tuck)

Hooker Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (edited by A. S. McGrade)

John of Salisbury Policraticus (edited by Cary Nederman)

Kant Political writings (edited by H. S. Reiss and H. B. Nisbet)

Leibniz Political Writings (edited by Patrick Riley)

Locke Two Treatises of Government (edited by Peter Laslett)

Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority (edited by Harro Höpfl)

Machiavelli The Prince (edited by Quentin Skinner and Russell Price)

J. S. Mill On Liberty, with The Subjection of Women and Chapters on Socialism (edited by Stefan Collini)

Milton Political Writings (edited by Martin Dzelzainis)

Montesquieu The Spirit of the Laws (edited by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller and Harold Samuel Stone)

More Utopia (edited by George M. Logan and Robert M. Adams)

Nicholas of Cusa The Catholic Concordance (edited by Paul E. Sigmund)

Paine Political Writings (edited by Bruce Kuklick)

Pufendorf On the Duty of Man and Citizen according to Natural Law (edited by James Tully)

The Radical Reformation (edited by Michael G. Baylor)

Vitoria Political Writings (edited by Anthony Pagden)