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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. 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 of the works going beyond just description is the real contribution of this two volume set Ryan notes that page xxiii This is a book about the answers that historians philosophers theologians practicing politician and would be revolutionaries have given to one uestion How can human beings best govern themselves For the record he considers the following subjectsthinkers among others Herodotus Plato Aristotle Cicero Polybius Augustine Auinas Machiavelli Hobbes Locke Rousseau Hegel Bentham Mill Tocueville and Marx There are also chapters on general subjects such as republicanism after Hobbes and Locke or the American founding or democracy in the modern worldIt is intriguing that he began the work with Herodotus and Thucydides Ryan dissects Plato and Aristotle nicely exploring some of their major works and making sense of their arguments while sometimes raising uestions about those arguments There is a lengthy and insightful analysis of Augustine s political thinking A key uestion that this thinker addressed page 149 how seriously should a Christian with his eyes on eternity take the politics of his earthly life Machiavelli A diplomat who lost his job as a result of internal politics Some of his works were efforts to get back in the good graces of the rulers of Florence such as the Borgias Much of the chapter explores The Prince and Machiavelli s interesting analysis of what it takes to be successful There is also lucid discussion of Discourses a follow up to his earlier volume with some interesting twistsThere is relevance for the United States in uite a number of chapters For example after the chapters on Hobbes and Locke Ryan considers republicanism Here he examines the works of John Harrington Algernon Sidney and Charles Louis de Secondat the Baron de Montesuieu Each of these thinkers reflected on aspects of republicanism And each of these was referred to by America s Founding Fathers during the Constitutional era The discussion places the discussion of those Founders in a broader contextAnd so on A powerfully developed two volume set If interested in the history of political philosophy this is an outstanding point of departure

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

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. 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 ones a very real resurgence of class warfare and ludicrous ideology on both sides of the political spectrum it s than a bit galling to have a tenured professor explain to you in patient lucid prose that young people are very well euipped to deal with labor market flexibility or that liberal capitalism works really well because this is not an exaggeration he really uses this as his example contemplative people can become long distance truck drivers and have time to think and venture into their imagination In between presumably ingesting massive amounts of speed and barely sleeping while they try to make impossible deadlines that are demanded by their employers So Ryan has a very bad case of ivorytoweritis but then so do I which I will now prove This text is at its most disturbing not when he s skimming over the ancient and medieval theorists not when he s ignoring the historical conditions that give rise to political theories in the first place not when he gives John Locke a free pass for his execrable arguments nor when he fails to understand Hobbes and not even when he purports to write about Marx without writing about you know Capital It s at its worst when it ignores the fact that the vast majority of important political thought since at least Marx probably since Rousseau and possibly since Montesuieu has focused on social cultural and economic matters instead of procedural and institutional matters This is a contentious claim and maybe Ryan like Straussians and other political science types wants to insist on the continuing importance of the political But he doesn t do that he just ignores political economy cultural criticism and social thought except when he s complaining that leftist cultural critics are exaggerating viz the aforementioned happiness of the long distance truck driver and the joys of the flexible new economy It s no surprise that he doesn t understand the Frankfurt School it is a surprise that he seems to like fascists eg Schmitt and Gentile than the left liberals who following Toueville point out that a population s s matter sorry about that than the political organization that is set up around those s and that our s today are destroying the planet For Ryan social criticism is a kind of disease that leads evil people to complain about the greatest system ever set up to deal with human conflict liberal capitalist democracy of the kind under which most of us no longer labor Had he put off publishing this book for a few years I like to think he would have changed his mind about that But then professors who retire from Princeton to Oxford and then to private life probably weathered the great recession pretty wellAn extra star for the book design which is crazy sexy

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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. 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 the theoretical nuances of each of the many figures that Ryan covers in this work What On Politics is intended to do however it does remarkably well it introduces or reintroduces readers to the pantheon of western political thoughtgives them historical and political context and asks uestions about them that may spark a reader s curiosity and encourage them to learn Most of the work is relatively chronological until Ryan finishes with Marx at which point the latter nineteenth and twentieth centuries are covered with several different brushstrokes in the last few chapters I was already familiar with many of the names Ryan covers but learning lesser known names and looking at Ryan s references at the end of the book has expanded my to read list The writing is light concise and conversational throughout as well which helped to keep my attention through 1000 pages of text


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 i

  2. says:

    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 Po

  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 wonderful book that I heartily recommend to anyone interest in classical approaches to political theory The book i

  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 f

  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 foreigners and Children did not have the right to take part in the rule of the c

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this book even when I didn't understand some of the political theories because Alan Ryan's writing is wond

  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 of the wor

  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 a

  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

  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 Pu