( [FREE] On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present ) è Alan Ryan – doctorio.us
Boundary Broken (Boundary Magic, oPoint I couldn t retain information very well I would passnt His Book Unless You book unless you a liberal political professor s take n the history f politics in the West If you just want some direction about where to read for the ideas it might be good to look at the table f contents and skim the chapters for a few ideas3 stars This is a major work and a welcome ne Once upon a time I thought that Sabine s history f 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 f introducing us to the variety Careless of political thinkersver time But his analysis Competing for the Cup of the works going beyond just description is the real contributionf 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 ne uestion How can human beings best govern themselves For the record would be revolutionaries have given to ne uestion How can human beings best govern themselves For the record considers the following subjectsthinkers among thers Herodotus Plato Aristotle Cicero Polybius Augustine Auinas Machiavelli Hobbes Locke Rousseau Hegel Bentham Mill Tocueville and Marx There are also chapters n general subjects such as republicanism after Hobbes and Locke Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York or the American foundingr democracy in the modern worldIt is intriguing that he began the work with Herodotus and Thucydides Ryan dissects Plato and Aristotle nicely exploring some f their major works and making sense f their arguments while sometimes raising uestions about those arguments There is a lengthy and insightful analysis Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie of Augustine s political thinking A key uestion that this thinker addressed page 149 how seriously should a Christian with his eyesn eternity take the politics f his earthly life Machiavelli A diplomat who lost his job as a result f internal politics Some Elmer of his works were efforts to get back in the good gracesf the rulers The Red Stockade of Florence such as the Borgias Muchf the chapter explores The Prince and Machiavelli s interesting analysis f what it takes to be successful There is also lucid discussion f Discourses a follow up to his earlier volume with some interesting twistsThere is relevance for the United States in uite a number f chapters For example after the chapters n Hobbes and Locke Ryan considers republicanism Here he examines the works f John Harrington Algernon Sidney and Charles Louis de Secondat the Baron de Montesuieu Each f these thinkers reflected The Something on aspectsf republicanism And each f these was referred to by America s Founding Fathers during the Constitutional era The discussion places the discussion f those Founders in a broader contextAnd so n A powerfully developed two volume set If interested in the history f political philosophy this is an A Killing Tide outstanding pointf departure I really enjoyed this book even when I didn t understand some Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard of the political theories because Alan Ryan s writing is wonderful Yes I have read somef the chapters several times before I decided that I need to just forge ahead and finish it Ancient Greece which is known
as the cradle f western democracy what a the cradle f western democracy what a was not democratic Neither Plato nor Aristotle were democrats Those who had the right to carry Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! out politics were free male propertywner citizens Slaves foreigners and Children did not have the right to take part in the rule Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles of the city states Plato had always wanted the ruler to be king philosopher In his mind there was an aristocratic state which was hierarchical Rational thinking rulers would be at the topf the hierarchy which he believed to have symbolized reason For Aristotle the The Royal Joust only life worth living was the lifef citizenry Citizens were virtuous rational and moral entities He suggested that there was not a life without politics Only beasts and God needn t it Because beasts had not will American Maharajah or reason and God was self sufficient The purposef the politics was common good in pursuit f happiness in accordance with reason for the citizens Even though Plato paved the way for politics His state theory was anti politics Because his political formation excluded many from political life For Aristotle where there is no politics there is no human will and common decision making with regard to public Functionality f Plato s state was based n good intention If king does not have good intentions the system can not survive Aristotle s political theory is reductionist since it is the manifestation f his analysis Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan of natural world An extremely well composed surveyf western political theory written by an accomplished political theorist Early in volume I Ryan posits that the uestion f how men are best able to govern themselves has been ne The Quarterback's Crush of the central refrains in the historyf political thought His survey is written from the perspective f a proponent albeit a cautious ne f modern liberalism One should not expect perfect bjectivity Achtung! Cthulhu or a full fleshingut Infamy of the theoretical nuancesf each General P.T.G. Beauregard of the many figures that Ryan covers in this work What On Politics is intended to do however it does remarkably well it introducesr reintroduces readers to the pantheon My Wishful Thinking 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 Mostf the work is relatively chronological until Ryan finishes with Marx at which point the latter nineteenth and twentieth centuries are covered with several different brushstr A long time ago when I first took a class in political theory we used Ower corrupts absolutely” The Boy and the Blue Moon 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 mindsf ur greatest thinkers in a way that makes reading about them a transcendent experience Whether writing about Plato r Augustine. On hold This book is being read by the Good Reads History Book Club for The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 over a year and they are finishing shortly I became interested in checkingut the book club upon reading that Neal Stephenson has been a member Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of a historynly book club for twenty plus years Perhaps this Book One Two is available at the Nashua Public Library I am giving Book One a shot which is 399 pages and covers the ideas f Herodotus to Machiavelli The book jacket calls it a comprehensive ambitious and accessible history f political theory After a uick scan I agree Three Decades in the MakingI may try to break the two books into 200 pages sections to be read in 4 periods Let s seeI view this as the Poly Sci class I did not take in college The thing I liked about most f the book is that it was easy to read and comprehensive It bviously does have flaws though Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day or else I wouldn t have given it such a low rating The authorften gets lost in his thoughts and views the theories and societies f the past through the modern liberal lens which means that the book comes down to being about the development f democratic thought in the West which is not what the book is supposed to be about Since that is the topic Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) of the book heften interprets thinkers and political systems in a way that emphasises their liberal democratic aspects too much r even just spreads myths and half truths It can go the ther way too he can misinterpret a thinker to discredit him and be biased all the way through an example Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of this that particularly frustrated me was Plato Further Ryan tries to justify his wayf writing by saying that if the populous isn t actively involved in government the state isn t political there may be ruling Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman or management he says but not politics This is frustrating not just because it s not true and is a lame excuse for his bias but also because hepenly uses it to discredit any political thought Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition outsidef the West as not really political and not developed enough save from maybe some exceptions I understand that the book is long enough as it is and that covering the traditions ideas and political systems Heaven Next Stop of all the culturesn the world is practically impossible but the excuse he uses is so derogative and lazy that it is kind f disgusting It also comes to bite him in the ass nce he needs to write about the middle ages an age when Europe came to be ruled by feudal monarchies the Church had great influence through both its spiritual and material strength and political systems were active in the East This makes him limited in the second part f Book One and his hypocrisy comes closer to the surface However the part that immediately follows the first part f Book Two is when he shines since concerning that period following the development Bases Loaded of democratic thoughtnly makes sense the political systems discussed there are closer to home and therefore easier to discuss regardless Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of which way in the current a particular thinker prefers If I was to ratenly that uarter f the book I would have given it four stars It s too bad that the last uarter completely ruins Book Two as well as it is reserved for general topics which then develops into incoherent rambling with no restraint n bias I ve been struggling with this book for
some time and simply gave up the ther night It was around about the time I was reading about Hegel time and simply gave up the ther night It was around about the time I was reading about Hegel about 700 pages into the bookI got much the same feeling I did as when I tried reading Bertrand Russell s History f Western Philosophy in college while this is well written I uestioned how seriously I could take his viewpoint when he evaluated all the material himself and never gave the reader any access to the texts themselves in some subjects to the texts themselves In some subjects math for instance humans can come to some agreement about what is right and wrong Politics is not like those subjects and suffers from having human actors manipulate the ideas for power and control It is not for me a good way f thinking about life so I try to look instead to narratives in a larger sense for my individual life and daily thinking Politics is in the grand scheme the games played at the top by the elite and beyond most f my control Like another reviewer said he seems to believe deeply in liberal democratic societies I would uestion the degree to which the USA is truly different from a place like China While we might fool urselves by thinking we have unuestionable human rights and freedom Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of speech business goesn as usual at the top people die we do the bidding f those with money and power and we might be lucky to have some access to the wealth and power f ur society s elite which shuts us Up From Doing Anything About The Abuses from doing anything about the abuses power we see n a daily basis However the author is not like this He would seem to believe like a lot f people I know that capitalistic industrial societies are the best way f addressing people s self interest and etc while keeping us from hurting each Drawing the Human Head other too much I m not sure that s true but enough about that tangent for nowNonetheless I would say this book had value in directing me to the sourcesf ideas that we have come to value in the Western political world and will serve as a good base point for exploring some Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of their ideas in a much less filtered less evaluated form It s a good road map for future readingn the subjectFrankly aside from issues DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of authorial bias and lackf textual access to the ideas the book tries to do much and cover too many thinkers in the space it has to do all f that in So many things were discussed to the. Both a history and an examination f human thought and behavior spanning three thousand years On Politics thrillingly traces the rigins f 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 .
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Eorge 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 rganized to chapters that focus n a particular author and all the real classics are represented from Herodotus and Thucydides through Marx There is also a series f essays raising issues f 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 f the great political theorists such as Plato Aristotle Rousseau Livin de Life or Tocueville I would heartily recommend reading theriginals where time and interest permit For a variety Aeralis ofther authors John Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of Salisbury it might not be as worthwhiler even possible to read the Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives original For these cases andthers the book is extremely helpful at providing a serious review Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of the work and the information needed to place the author within a broader contextf 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 The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit onef 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 After fits and starts I have put this book down for another day although I did complete volume 1 and a good chunk Limey Gumshoe of volume 2 On Politics A Historyf Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan s a magisterial work that brings together some Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate of the great thinkers in Western political philosophy and summarizes their points and the history behind them Thinkers ranging from the ancient Greeks such as Herodotus Thucydides Plato and Aristotle through Cicero Thomas Auinas and Augustinef Hippo Machiavelli and up through Moore Paine Locke and so n are summarized in a highly readable fashion I have put the book down as it is a bit dense for the season and I am starting to fatigue even though it is a well written book I will certainly be looking to pick this ne up again and potentially even purchase a copy instead Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen of reading my libraries version I can certainly recommend this book and will write a Talk about bad timing Ryan hasbviously been writing this book for years now and had it been released in say 2007 it would have seemed perfectly sensible It s important to discuss political ideas to think about how we rule and are ruled and from where we get ur assumptions But with the world economy in a never ending tailspin massive unemployment in most developed economies and faltering investment rates in developing nes a very real resurgence f class warfare and ludicrous ideology n both sides From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of the political spectrum it s than a bit galling to have a tenured professor explain to you in patient lucid prose that young people are very well euipped to deal with labor market flexibilityr that liberal capitalism works really well because this is not an exaggeration he really uses this as his example contemplative people can become long distance truck drivers and have time to think and venture into their imagination In between presumably ingesting massive amounts On Toby's Terms of speed and barely sleeping while they try to make impossible deadlines that are demanded by their employers So Ryan has a very bad casef ivorytoweritis but then So Do I Which do I which will now prove This text is at its most disturbing not when he s skimming ver the ancient and medieval theorists not when he s ignoring the historical conditions that give rise to political theories in the first place not when he gives John Locke a free pass for his execrable arguments nor when he fails to understand Hobbes and not even when he purports to write about Marx without writing about you know Capital It s at its worst when it ignores the fact that the vast majority f important political thought since at least Marx probably since Rousseau and possibly since Montesuieu has focused Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land on social cultural and economic matters insteadf procedural and institutional matters This is a contentious claim and maybe Ryan like Straussians and ther political science types wants to insist n the continuing importance Indiscretion of the political But he doesn t do that he just ignores political economy cultural criticism and social thought except when he s complaining that leftist cultural critics are exaggerating viz the aforementioned happinessf the long distance truck driver and the joys f the flexible new economy It s no surprise that he doesn t understand the Frankfurt It s no surprise that he doesn t understand the Frankfurt it is a surprise that he seems to like fascists eg Schmitt and Gentile than the left liberals who following Toueville point ut that a population s s matter sorry about that than the political rganization that is set up around those s and that ur s today are destroying the planet For Ryan social criticism is a kind f disease that leads evil people to complain about the greatest system ever set up to deal with human conflict liberal capitalist democracy #of the kind under which most f us no longer labor Had he put ff publishing this book for #the kind under which most f us no longer labor Had he put 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 off publishing this book for few years I like to think he would have changed his mind about that But then professors who retire from Princeton to Oxford and then to private life probably weathered the great recession pretty wellAn extra star for the book design which is crazy sexy. De Toueviller Thomas Jefferson Ryan brings a wisdom to his text that illuminates John Dewey’s belief that the role Blackbird of philosophy is less to see truth than to enhance experience With this unparalleled tour de force Ryan emerges in hiswn right as Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland onef the most influential political philosophers Surly Bonds ofur time. .