How are laws shaped if not by the philosophies and ethics of the society in which they exist?
From the values of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics which explores the theme of how men should best live, to the lessons laid out in Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt or Machiavelli’s The Prince, the books in this category have shaped us, founded movements, and serve as a reminder for future generations to never forget the impact that laws have.
Few books have had as great an impact on intellectual history as Kant's The Moral Law. In its short compass one of the greatest minds in the history of philosophy attempts to identify the fundamental principle 'morality' that governs human action.
The most famous book on politics ever written, The Prince remains as lively and shocking today as when it was written almost five hundred years ago. Initially denounced as a collection of sinister maxims and a recommendation of tyranny, it has more recently been defended as the first scientific treatment of politics as it is practiced rather than as it ought to be practiced.