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An excellent listen. The professor wove the lectures together beautifully, almost poetically at times, with consistent themes and references from one lesson to the next.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent book! Anyone interested in political theory should listen! My only complaints would be that the lecturer sometimes seems to ramble on, not finishing a sentence for thirty seconds to a minute, which can make it difficult to find a good stopping place. Professor Dalton is, nevertheless, an incredibly skilled teacher and will serve as an accessible guide to any listener through the history of political thought. It left me craving more.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This course of lectures covers political philosophy from the ancients right up to Ghandi. Starting with an overview of Ancient Indian political philosophy, before moving to Greece and the more traditional Western view of this history. The lecturer is a very good speaker, and his writing is simply fantastic. He covers Plato, Socrates, Hitler and many more in great detail. Included in the course is also discussions of art and literature relevant to the topics, which adds colour to what could otherwise be a dry series.
If I had to give it a negative, I would say that the course is too short, and the topics left out are a real shame. Hobbes is barely touched, along with Locke and Paine as well, all three only get a small mention in reference to Thoreau. However, the course is so overwhelmingly good that I cannot take points away for lack of these writers. The lecturer is an expert on Ghandi, and the episode on Ancient hindu philosophy is superfluous for people like me (really interested in the Western theory), but I'm sure very interesting for some.
Overall, I would say this is the best Great Courses series I've heard so far, and I'm just hoping he writes a new edition with a few more conservative philosophers! The course concentrates on more radical ideas and these does leave some of the debates behind.
Fantastic, cannot recommend enough.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It is a detailed examination of political theory that was appropriately detailed. Would recommend it
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This audiobook was an incredibly valuable tool in learning about the dominant political ideologies which have largely shaped our world. I listened to it on and off over 6 months as I was studying my Masters degree in a similarly related field and I found it such a useful companion to my studies. The author's voice was clear, passionate and easy to listen to. The content and his story-telling style tied many topics together to create a sense of continuity throughout the lectures. I highly recommend this audiobook.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
16 one hour vignettes covering the great thinkers who helped shape western policical culture. Amazing.