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  • Lacan: Bolinda Beginner Guides

  • By: Lionel Bailly
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
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Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to have lived. Building upon the work of Sigmund Freud, he sought to refine Freudian insights with the use of linguistics and mathematics, arguing that "the structure of unconscious is like a language." He is widely misunderstood and often unfairly dismissed as impenetrable. In this clear, wide-ranging primer, Lionel Bailly demonstrates how Lacan’s ideas are still vitally relevant to contemporary issues of mental health treatment. Including coverage of developments in Lacanian psychoanalysis since his death, this is the perfect introduction to the great modern theorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introduction to Difficult Thinker

  • By Ryan Smallwood on 09-15-16

Strong introduction to the ineffable

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Reviewed: 09-12-18

Lacan's brilliance and obtuseness come through in this enjoyable tour of his major innovations. I appreciated the book's framing of Lacanian psychoanalysis as intentionally controversial. The reading is probably as good as it could be, despite the occasional pain of hearing Lacan's mathemes - algebraic notations for linguistic structures - fully articulated. Highly recommended for newcomers to this relevant, fertile body of thought.

  • 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
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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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Survey of Western Political Thought

  • By Dana Garrett on 06-02-15

Illuminating, entertaining overview

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Reviewed: 06-06-18

As a politically naive 60-yo, I gained from Prof. Cahoone's course a tremendous sense of the history, foundation, and philosophy behind our postmodern political conundrum. From Plato and Aristotle through the Enlightenment to the Frankfurt School and multiculturalism, this survey provides a vocabulary and methodology for political thinking and discourse. Highly recommended for those who, like me, need a primer to participate in the crucial arguments of our time.

  • Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction 

  • By: Stephen Eric Bronner
  • Narrated by: Alfred Gingold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose - and, if at all possible, cure - the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a pretty good intro to Frankfurt School

  • By Jaded Buddha on 05-28-13

Like having a great professor on your phone

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Reviewed: 11-29-17

Passionate, lucid survey of the writings, methods, and limitations of the 20th century post-Marxist project called the Frankfurt School. Highly recommended for newbies such as myself (though a tolerance for philosophical abstractions such as 'negative dialectics' and the 'ontology of false conditions' is required). I especially appreciated the author's willingness to apply the methods of critical theory to this still-promising yet stalled body of work. Read (or better, declaimed) in a stentorian professorial voice that I grew to look forward to. Next on my list: A Very Short Introduction to Jurgen Habermas.