We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas | [The Great Courses]

The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas

Without even realizing it, we all use the fruits of political philosophy. From liberty to democracy to community, the terms and concepts originated by political philosophers are ingrained in our global consciousness. Yet many of us have an incomplete picture of how these ideas developed and, quite possibly, a skewed perception of their intentions and implications. This highly relevant course sheds light on the labyrinth of Western political and social theory, as well as its influence on modern history.
Regular Price:$41.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Without even realizing it, we all use the fruits of political philosophy. From liberty to democracy to community, the terms and concepts originated by political philosophers are ingrained in our global consciousness. Yet many of us have an incomplete picture of how these ideas developed and, quite possibly, a skewed perception of their intentions and implications.

This highly relevant course sheds light on the labyrinth of Western political and social theory, as well as its influence on modern history. Guided by an award-winning professor of philosophy and author, these eye-opening lectures reveal how political philosophers, in responding to the societal problems and changing conditions of their day in revolutionary ways, created virtual blueprints of action for leaders. You'll gain not only the tools to comprehend the omnipresent language of politics, but a thorough understanding of the wellspring of thought that has emerged over centuries of political philosophy and the intellectual origins of major historical movements and events.

Throughout, questions of democracy, freedom, and distributive justice are addressed, and revolutionary figures who have left an indelible mark on history - from Niccolo Machiavelli to Ayn Rand - are encountered.

By the conclusion of lecture 36, you will have the context necessary to appreciate the evolution of a myriad of political ideas, including hot-button topics of today such as libertarianism, neoconservatism, feminism, and environmentalism.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (41 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (12)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.1 (34 )
5 star
 (16)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.5 (34 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Saud 10-14-14
    Saud 10-14-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    615
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    276
    215
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    55
    71
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enlightening"

    While this course is dry compared to some other Great Courses offerings, it's still fascinating if you stick with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results
Sort by:
  • Michael
    Clonmel, Ireland
    10/14/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another gem from Cahoone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Cahoone does a great job of distilling complex theories often expressed in difficult language and rendering these easily accessible to the listener.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas?

    I thought the explanation of Habermas was excellent. While understandably selective and simplified, Cahoone gets down to the bones of what Habermas says. He renders the obfuscatory Habermas coherent - which is not an easy job!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    N/A - although I did enjoy the anecdote about the student in the lecture on Walzer; it was both entertaining and illustrative.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I really do hope Cahoone does another lecture series. His previous lectures series (Decartes to Derrida) was also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.