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On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present

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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 I really enjoyed this book even when I didn't understand some of the political theories because Alan Ryan's writing is wonderful Yes I have read some of the chapters several times before I decided that I need to just forge ahead and finish it Popular understand some of the political theories because Alan Ryan's writing is wonderful Yes I have read some of the chapters several times before I decided that I need to just forge ahead and finish it

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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 The Easter Rabbit's Parade 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 A Transnational Poetics 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 Peter Grimes/Gloriana 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 Moon on the Water uestion the degree to which the USA is truly different from a place like China While we might fool ourselves by thinking we have Just like Grey (Series ONE Complete Set): Billionaire Romance unuestionable human rights and freedom of speech business goes on as Viridiana 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 Иудейская война us DAX 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 Gift Collection: D is for Deadbeat / E is for Evidence / F is for Fugitive 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 Große Geschichte 1914 - 1945 und kleine Geschichten aus meinem Leben 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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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 After fits and starts I have put this book down for another day although I did complete volume 1 and a good chunk of volume 2 On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan s a magisterial work that brings together some 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 Augustine of Hippo Machiavelli and up through Moore Paine Locke and so on 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 one up again and potentially even purchase a copy instead of reading my libraries version I can certainly recommend this book and will write a in depth review upon actual completion As it is it is certainly worthy of its 5 stars