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Alan Ryan Ø 3 free read review É eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Alan Ryan On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present review à eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. Ancient Greece which is known as the cradle of western democracy what a pity was not democratic Neither Plato nor Aristotle were democrats Those who had the right to carry out politics were free male property owner citizens Slaves foreigners and Children did not have the right to take part in the rule 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 top of the hierarchy which he believed to have symbolized reason For Aristotle the only life worth living was the life of 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 or reason and God was self sufficient The purpose of the politics was common good in pursuit of 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 of Plato s state was based on 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 of his analysis of natural world

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Alan Ryan Ø 3 free read review É eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Alan Ryan On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present review à eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. I ve been struggling with this book for some time and simply gave up the other night It was around about the time I was reading about Hegel so about 700 pages into the bookI got much the same feeling I did as when I tried reading Bertrand Russell s History of 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 like 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 of 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 of 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 ourselves by thinking we have unuestionable human rights and freedom of speech business goes on as usual at the top people die we do the bidding of those with money and power and we might be lucky to have some access to the wealth and power of our society s elite which shuts us up from doing anything about the abuses of power we see on a daily basis However the author is not like this He would seem to believe like a lot of people I know that capitalistic industrial societies are the best way of addressing people s self interest and etc while keeping us from hurting each 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 sources of ideas that we have come to value in the Western political world and will serve as a good base point for exploring some of their ideas in a much less filtered less evaluated form It s a good road map for future reading on the subjectFrankly aside from issues of authorial bias and lack of textual access to the ideas the book tries to do much and cover too many thinkers in the space it has to do all of that in So many things were discussed to the point I couldn t retain information very well I would pass ont his book unless you want a liberal political professor s take on the history of 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 of contents and skim the chapters for a few ideas3 stars

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Alan Ryan Ø 3 free read review É eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Alan Ryan On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present review à eBook or Kindle ePUB 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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  • On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present
  • Alan Ryan
  • English
  • 22 October 2017
  • 9780871404657