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Power Over People by Dennis Dalton

Power Over People

Classical and Modern Political Theory

by Dennis Dalton


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This course contrasts two conflicting views that have long shaped political theory and practice—idealism and realism.

The debate between them starts with the origins of philosophy in ancient India and Greece through the 20th century’s most extreme examples of idealism and realism—Gandhi and Hitler.

You also examine Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Marx, and Freud. These exceptional thinkers sculpted, piece by piece, Western political thought from its inception in 5th-century (B.C.) Athens.

In so doing, they asked:

  • What is the correct relationship of the individual to society?
  • What is the connection between individual freedom and social and political authority?
  • Are human beings fundamentally equal or unequal?

The debate between them starts with the origins of philosophy in ancient India and Greece through the 20th century’s most extreme examples of idealism and realism—Gandhi and Hitler.

You also examine Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Marx, and Freud. These exceptional thinkers sculpted, piece by piece, Western political thought from its inception in 5th-century (B.C.) Athens.

In so doing, they asked:

  • What is the correct relationship of the individual to society?
  • What is the connection between individual freedom and social and political authority?
  • Are human beings fundamentally equal or unequal?


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The Great Political Philosophy Course
Reviewer LOLDavid
 March 20, 2006
This audio course while short, has cast an indelible influence on my political philosophy. Professor Dennis Dalton begins the lecture series in a somewhat off-putting way in a lecture entitled "The Hindu Vision of Life" which idealizes a world free of political coercion and fear. He then covers the greatest political philosophers throughout history, from Thucydides and Plato all the way up to Hitler and Gandhi. Each philosopher builds and is contrasted to the previous one, and it's a work of art how well structured the course is. If you're interested in political philosophy, I can not recommend this course enough.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: P002697
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