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Both a history and an examination of human thought and behavior spanning three thousand years On Politics thrillingly traces the origins of political philosophy from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli in Book I and from Hobbes to the present age in Book II Whether examining Lord Acton’s dictum that “absolute p A long time ago when I first took a class in political theory we used George Sabine's magnificent history This book is a successor to Sabine although I have heard that the Sabine book is being updated It is a rich and wonderful book that I heartily recommend to anyone interest in classical approaches to political theory The book is organized to chapters that focus on a particular author and all the real classics are represented from Herodotus and Thucydides through Marx There is also a series of essays raising issues of importance to the 20th and 21st centuries that span the classic authors The chapters were without exception well written rich in content and helpful in provided needed context for a thinker and his work For some of the great political theorists such as Plato Aristotle Rousseau or Tocueville I would heartily recommend reading the originals where time and interest permit For a variety of other authors John of Salisbury it might not be as worthwhile or even possible to read the original For these cases and others the book is extremely helpful at providing a serious review of the work and the information needed to place the author within a broader context of thinkersThis book is not a casual undertaking and readers need to pay attention For those who wish to invest some effort in learning about political theory this is one of the better possibilities around and superior to Fukuyama's recent volume I found the book very worthwhile however and didn't mind spending the time to work through it

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Ower corrupts absolutely” or explicating John Stuart Mill’s contention that it is “better to be a human dissatisfied than a pig satisfied” Alan Ryan evokes the lives and minds of our greatest thinkers in a way that makes reading about them a transcendent experience Whether writing about Plato or Augustine An extremely well composed survey of western political theory written by an accomplished political theorist Early in volume I Ryan posits that the uestion of how men are best able to govern themselves has been one of the central refrains in the history of political thought His survey is written from the perspective of a proponent albeit a cautious one of modern liberalism One should not expect perfect objectivity or a full fleshing out of the theoretical nuances of each of the many figures that Ryan covers in this work What On Politics is intended to do however it does remarkably well; it introduces or reintroduces readers to the pantheon of western political thoughtgives them historical and political context and asks uestions about them that may spark a reader's curiosity and encourage them to learn Most of the work is relatively chronological until Ryan finishes with Marx at which point the latter nineteenth and twentieth centuries are covered with several different brushstrokes in the last few chapters I was already familiar with many of the names Ryan covers but learning lesser known names and looking at Ryan's references at the end of the book has expanded my to read list The writing is light concise and conversational throughout as well which helped to keep my attention through 1000 pages of text Breaking the Cycle of Hurtful Family Experiences that it is “better The Informed Eye to be a human dissatisfied The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke than a pig satisfied” Alan Ryan evokes AmonRa Uzaylı Bir Prensin YaÅŸam Öyküsü the lives and minds of our greatest Catch-22 (Catch-22 thinkers in a way Sew U that makes reading about Orford Parish Murder Houses them a The Enclave (The Verge, transcendent experience Whether writing about Plato or Augustine An extremely well composed survey of western political Jades Peace theory written by an accomplished political Dare to Disappoint theorist Early in volume I Ryan posits Chump Change that Rin!, Volume 01 the uestion of how men are best able Remus (Luna Lodge to govern Lord Emsworths Annotated Whiffle themselves has been one of Black Sand and Gold the central refrains in Museums of New York City the history of political The Last Black Unicorn thought His survey is written from Barias Mission ปริศนามารีโลนี่ เล่ม 1 (Barias Mission, the perspective of a proponent albeit a cautious one of modern liberalism One should not expect perfect objectivity or a full fleshing out of That Girl is Mine - Part One the Criminal Psychology theoretical nuances of each of Calendar Castle season 5 ยามเมื่อเม็ดฝนพร่างพราย (Calendar Castle, the many figures Survey of Biology 1100 Laboratory Guide that Ryan covers in The Atlas of Beauty this work What On Politics is intended عرف Ùˆ عادت در عشایر فارس to do however it does remarkably well; it introduces or reintroduces readers My Grandparents Are Secret Agents to Charmcaster (Spellslinger, the pantheon of western political Love Kinection thoughtgives Incest them historical and political context and asks uestions about Turkish them Echoes of a Gloried Past (The Safanarion Order, that may spark a reader's curiosity and encourage Echoes them The Atheist Syndrome to learn Most of Die schönsten Sagen der Griechen the work is relatively chronological until Ryan finishes with Marx at which point Hello, Harvest Moon the latter nineteenth and Money Magic twentieth centuries are covered with several different brushstrokes in Deposition of a Disciple the last few chapters I was already familiar with many of The Moonshot Tape & A Poster of the Cosmos the names Ryan covers but learning lesser known names and looking at Ryan's references at Deposition of a disciple the end of دشنه the book has expanded my From Conquest to Conservation to read list The writing is light concise and conversational My Whisper from God throughout as well which helped Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys, to keep my attention Tweets from Tahrir through 1000 pages of The Book of Three text

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De Toueville or Thomas Jefferson Ryan brings a wisdom to his text that illuminates John Dewey’s belief that the role of philosophy is less to see truth than to enhance experience With this unparalleled tour de force Ryan emerges in his own right as one of the most influential political philosophers of our time This is a major work—and a welcome one Once upon a time I thought that Sabine’s history of political philosophy was the apogee in this arena But I think that the author Alan Ryan has actually surpassed Sabine He does a nice job of introducing us to the variety of political thinkers over time But his analysis of the works—going beyond just description—is the real contribution of this two volume set Ryan notes that page xxiii “This is a book about the answers that historians philosophers theologians practicing politician and would be revolutionaries have given to one uestion How can human beings best govern themselves”?For the record he considers the following subjectsthinkers among others Herodotus Plato Aristotle Cicero Polybius Augustine Auinas Machiavelli Hobbes Locke Rousseau Hegel Bentham Mill Tocueville and Marx There are also chapters on general subjects such as republicanism after Hobbes and Locke or the American founding or democracy in the modern worldIt is intriguing that he began the work with Herodotus and Thucydides Ryan dissects Plato and Aristotle nicely exploring some of their major works and making sense of their arguments—while sometimes raising uestions about those arguments There is a lengthy and insightful analysis of Augustine’s political thinking A key uestion that this thinker addressed page 149 “how seriously should a Christian with his eyes on eternity take the politics of his earthly life ”Machiavelli? A diplomat who lost his job as a result of internal politics Some of his works were efforts to get back in the good graces of the rulers of Florence such as the Borgias Much of the chapter explores The Prince and Machiavelli’s interesting analysis of what it takes to be successful There is also lucid discussion of Discourses a follow up to his earlier volume with some interesting twistsThere is relevance for the United States in uite a number of chapters For example after the chapters on Hobbes and Locke Ryan considers “republicanism” Here he examines the works of John Harrington Algernon Sidney and Charles Louis de Secondat the Baron de Montesuieu Each of these thinkers reflected on aspects of republicanism And each of these was referred to by America’s Founding Fathers during the Constitutional era The discussion places the discussion of those Founders in a broader contextAnd so on A powerfully developed two volume set If interested in the history of political philosophy this is an outstanding point of departure

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