The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part I

  • by Professor Hadley Arkes
  • Narrated by Professor Hadley Arkes
  • 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In this course of lectures, Professor Hadley Arkes seeks to recall the classic connection between morality and law. For law works by sweeping away personal choice and private judgment and replacing them with a public rule, meant to be enforced on everyone. And that state of affairs can be justified only if the law can, in fact, appeal to an understanding of the things that are more generally or universally right or wrong.


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Just for men?

What disappointed you about The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part I?

As a highly educated man, Professor Hadley Arkes has decided to continue the privileging of men. Although I initially tried to ignore the constant male pronoun of 'he', 'his' and the term, 'man', it was too much in the middle of Chapter Two when he stated, '... some men are invested with the authority to impose their judgements on everyone else with the force of law'. Clearly he is aware that there are female legislators. His decision to write and speak this way must be made with his full knowledge that sexist language perpetuates discrimination against women. This prejudice prevents me from listening further, and stands in stark contrast to 'The Modern Scholar: Philosophy of Mind' by Andrew Pessin which is characterised by inclusive language and a joy to hear.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Modern Scholar: Philosophy of Mind' by Andrew Pessin.

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

Sexist language which infers deeper prejudice.

Any additional comments?

It would be great if Audible could ask authors to ensure their language is inclusive.

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- debra

Truth and Objectivity Work for the Common Good

What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part I?

This book correlates with the everyday decisions and perspectives we have to deal with where we need to operate in truth and for the common good. He gives a superior and scholarly understanding of what is significant in our communications and decisions rather than rigidly trying to perform under rules and regulations. We don't live in a perfect world or deal with people who will understand us if we just say what is on our mind, or how we feel so we need discernment. Above all we need to come to a place of discernment that is objective and based on truth, something that is above our natural inclinations.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a philosophical dissertation and it is so practical and understandable as well as being something one can put into practice. I love the enlightenment he gave.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

Very lucid and teachable approach. He puts the information on the practical level.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I listened to part 1 and 2 throughout the day and then listened to them again.

Any additional comments?

I am very adept at Philosophy and Theology and well educated in both though I do not have a doctorate. I found this series very relevant to life rather than just education and theoretical. I appreaciate the matter of morals and laws coming together rather than just law ruling.

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- Sacrament "I have a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art as well as having training in illustration at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Rocky Mountain School of Art, and Colorado Institute of Art. I work as an illustrator and sell paintings and drawings professionally as Fine Art. I also have extensive training in Greek in the context of a degree in exegetical theology. I am very adept in Philosophy while being much less adept in math."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books