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  1. Start with what you're interested in. The history of Western politics spans more than two and a half thousand years, and during this time, social and political philosophers and theorists in their continuous disputes have discussed almost all issues related to the common good in one way or another – the main problem of political philosophy.

    If you want to get an idea of the main stages of the development and evolution of political ideas, then you need to read classical authors-Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, J. S. Mill, A. Smith, K. Marx, M. Weber, K. Schmitt. Yale University's open courses will be a great help when reading classics “Introduction to Political Philosophy “ and “Fundamentals of Modern Social Theory”.

    If you want to learn about the main intellectual schools of modern political philosophy, then you should read the book “Modern Political Philosophy” by Will Kimlika(introductory section). In it, the author reviews utilitarianism, liberal equality theory, libertarianism, Marxism, feminism, and other schools of thought. In each chapter, he shows the foundations on which these theories are based, how they evolved, what difficulties they encountered, and provides criticism. The chapters end with a list of references that provide a deeper understanding of each school.

    You can simply read papers and monographs on political and social issues that interest you. This will also be a study of political philosophy, as long as you are interested. While reading, pay attention to whether the author is arguing with someone, what works he refers to, and considers alternative opinions on the issue under study. �

    Don't stop at reading a single book. Political philosophy is a lively, dynamic and broad field of knowledge that constantly provides food for thought.

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