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[ ebook ] On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present Author Alan Ryan


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

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 The thing I liked about most of the book is that it was easy to read and comprehensive It obviously does have flaws though or else I wouldn t have given it such a low rating The author often gets lost in his thoughts and views the theories and societies of the past through the modern liberal lens which means that the book comes down to being about the development of democratic thought in the West which is not what the book is supposed to be about Since that is the topic of the book he often interprets thinkers and political systems in a way that emphasises their liberal democratic aspects too much or even just spreads myths and half truths It can go the other way too he can misinterpret a thinker to discredit him and be biased all the way through an example of this that particularly frustrated me was Plato Further Ryan tries to justify his way of writing by saying that if the populous isn t actively involved in government the state isn t political there may be ruling or management he says but not politics This is frustrating not just because it s not true and is a lame excuse for his bias but also because he openly uses it to discredit any political thought outside of the West as not really political and not developed enough save from maybe some exceptions I understand that the book is long enough as it is and that covering the traditions ideas and political systems of all the cultures on the world is practically impossible but the excuse he uses is so derogative and lazy that it is kind of disgusting It also comes to bite him in the ass once he needs to write about the middle ages an age when Europe came to be ruled by feudal monarchies the Church had great influence through both its spiritual and material strength and political systems were active in the East This makes him limited in the second part of Book One and his hypocrisy comes closer to the surface However the part that immediately follows the first part of Book Two is when he shines since concerning that period following the development of democratic thought only makes sense the political systems discussed there are closer to home and therefore easier to discuss regardless of which way in the current a particular thinker prefers If I was to rate only that uarter of the book I would have given it four stars It s too bad that the last uarter completely ruins Book Two as well as it is reserved for general topics which then develops into incoherent rambling with no restraint on bias Beyond the Pale unparalleled tour de force Ryan emerges in his own right as one of the most influential political philosophers of our time The thing I liked about most of the book is that it was easy to read and comprehensive It obviously does have flaws though or else I wouldn t have given it such a low rating The author often gets lost in his thoughts and views the theories and societies of the past through the modern liberal lens which means that the book comes down to being about the development of democratic thought in the West which is not what the book is supposed to be about Since that is the topic of the book he often interprets thinkers and political systems in a way that emphasises their liberal democratic aspects too much or even just spreads myths and half truths It can go the other way too he can misinterpret a thinker to discredit him and be biased all the way through an example of this that particularly frustrated me was Plato Further Ryan tries to justify his way of writing by saying that if the populous isn t actively involved in government the state isn t political there may be ruling or management he says but not politics This is frustrating not just because it s not true and is a lame excuse for his bias but also because he openly The Black Ice Score (Parker, uses it to discredit any political thought outside of the West as not really political and not developed enough save from maybe some exceptions I The Black Painting understand that the book is long enough as it is and that covering the traditions ideas and political systems of all the cultures on the world is practically impossible but the excuse he Fire and Desire uses is so derogative and lazy that it is kind of disgusting It also comes to bite him in the ass once he needs to write about the middle ages an age when Europe came to be ruled by feudal monarchies the Church had great influence through both its spiritual and material strength and political systems were active in the East This makes him limited in the second part of Book One and his hypocrisy comes closer to the surface However the part that immediately follows the first part of Book Two is when he shines since concerning that period following the development of democratic thought only makes sense the political systems discussed there are closer to home and therefore easier to discuss regardless of which way in the current a particular thinker prefers If I was to rate only that The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uarter of the book I would have given it four stars It s too bad that the last The Illusionists uarter completely ruins Book Two as well as it is reserved for general topics which then develops into incoherent rambling with no restraint on bias

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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 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 Beyond the Pale used George Sabine s magnificent history This book is a successor to Sabine although I have heard that the Sabine book is being The Black Ice Score (Parker, 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 The Black Painting 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

Alan Ryan å 6 review

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


10 thoughts on “On Politics A History of Political Thought From Herodotus to the Present

  1. says:

    Talk about bad timing Ryan has obviously been writing this book for years now and had it been released in say 2007 it would have seemed perfectly sensible It's important to discuss political ideas to think about how we rule and are ruled and from where we get our assumptions But with the world economy in a never ending tailspin massive unemployment in most developed economies and faltering investment rates in developing

  2. says:

    After fits and starts I have put this book down for another day although I did complete volume 1 and a good chu

  3. says:

    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 wond

  4. says:

    An extremely well composed survey of western political theory written by an accomplished political theorist Early in volume I Ryan posits that the uestion of how men are best able to govern themselves has been one of the central refrains in the history of political thought His survey is written from the perspective of a proponent albeit a cautious one of modern liberalism One should not expect perfect objectivity or a full fleshing out of

  5. says:

    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 fo

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    This is a major work—and a welcome one Once upon a time I thought that Sabine’s history of political philosophy was the apogee in this arena But I think that the author Alan Ryan has actually surpassed Sabine He does a nice job of introducing us to the variety of political thinkers over time But his analysis

  8. says:

    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 r

  9. says:

    The thing I liked about most of the book is that it was easy to read and comprehensive It obviously does have flaws though or else I wouldn't have given it such a low rating The author often gets lost in his thoughts and views the theories and societies of the past through the modern liberal lens which means that the book comes down to being about the development of democratic thought in the West which is not

  10. says:

    on hold This book is being read by the Good Reads History Book Club for over a year and they are finishing shortly I became interested in checking out the book club upon reading that Neal Stephenson has been a member of a history only book club for twenty plus years Perhaps this Book One Two is available at the Nashua Public Library I am g

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