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This is an excellent survey of the philosophical foundations of Western political thought. It covers not only the foundations of Western political thought (Plato and Aristotle) but also recent developments in western political thought (the animal rights movement and feminism). The explanations are clear, objective, and without a lot of philosophical jargon. At a certain point the standard becomes Liberal Republicanism and it is against this standard that other alternate theories are measured. That privileging of Liberal Republicanism seemed unnecessary to me. Yet when alternate theories are presented their critiques of Liberal Republicanism are presented as well. I will most certainly be listening to this book again. It's worth it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Having no background on the subject, I picked this book up to get a primer. In that capacity, it is an excellent book, covering political philosophy from the ancient greeks to modern society. Excellent and pleasant narration. Recommended!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. Cahoone does a great job of distilling complex theories often expressed in difficult language and rendering these easily accessible to the listener.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas?
I thought the explanation of Habermas was excellent. While understandably selective and simplified, Cahoone gets down to the bones of what Habermas says. He renders the obfuscatory Habermas coherent - which is not an easy job!
Which scene did you most enjoy?
N/A - although I did enjoy the anecdote about the student in the lecture on Walzer; it was both entertaining and illustrative.
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Any additional comments?
I really do hope Cahoone does another lecture series. His previous lectures series (Decartes to Derrida) was also excellent.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Very comprehensive and detailed whilst still being enjoyable and listenable :). One of the best great courses political focuses.
This was a great course and audiobook. It covers political philosophy up to 2010 in concise and (relatively) easily understood language.