Political philosophy

by Steven B. Smith

Publisher: Yale University Press in New Haven

Written in English
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  • Philosophy,
  • Political science,
  • History

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementSteven B. Smith
LC ClassificationsJA71 .S498 2012
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25307470M
ISBN 109780300181807
LC Control Number2012016209

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