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The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
- By: Lawrence Cahoone, The Great Courses
- Narrated by: Lawrence Cahoone
- Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
- Original Recording
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.
An Excellent Survey of Western Political Thought
- By Dana Garrett on 06-02-15
Lawrence Cahoone Rocks!
I was a big fan of his lectures "The Modern Intellectual Tradition: Descartes to Derrida"
This was another excellent work. Well paced, well researched and engaging
As with The Modern Intellectual tradition, I'll be re-listening several times to soak up more.
Letters to a Young Contrarian
- By: Christopher Hitchens
- Narrated by: James Adams
- Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.
Something I'll listen to again
- By Mark on 05-03-11
foundational education for the modern free thinker
Having consumed Christopher’s other works first; I see that it was the origin of much of the substance in his more popular titles. However, I feel this incarnation was the highest possible form as he shared his thoughts and subject matter expertise on being a dissident, provocateur and general pain in the ass to any person or idea on the receiving end of undeserved respect.
As always, Christopher displays charm, unsurpassable mastery of the English language and a rapier wit which will make you laugh out loud multiple times through the book. His use of the letter format is subtle and elegant making his prose more active and engaged. This work stands shoulder to shoulder with the best books I have read in my life.
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