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«Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory, Part 1 & 2 (The Great Courses: Philosophy & Intellectual History) AUDIO BOOK»
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Barnard College/Columbia University
Course Number 443-16 lectures (45 minutes/lecture)
This course contrasts two conflicting views that have long shaped political theory and practiceidealism and realism. The debate between them starts with the origins of philosophy in ancient India and Greece, and can be traced right through to the 20th centurys most extreme examples of idealism and realism, Gandhi and Hitler.
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Marx, Gandhiyou might call them the world's original "power players." These exceptional thinkers sculpted, piece by piece, Western political thought from its inception in 5th-century (B.C.) Athens to the present day.
The Basic Question of Politics
In so doing, they grappled with such imposing questions as: 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?
In 16 thought-provoking lectures, Professor Dennis Dalton discusses and illuminates these seminal theories of power, formulated by several of history's greatest minds.
Realists versus Idealists
Professor Dalton traces two distinct schools of political theory, idealism and realism, from their roots in ancient India and Greece through their impact on the lives and ideas of the 20th century's most charismatic, yet utterly disparate, leaders: Adolf Hitler and Mahatma Gandhi.
All told, it took some 2,500 years for the debate chronicled in Power Over People to reach its present maturity. With these engaging lectures, delivered by an uncommonly articulate and knowledgeable professor, you will come to thoroughly comprehend that debate and its many nuances.
Lecture 1: The Hindu Vision of Life
Lecture 2: Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War
Lecture 3: Law and Rule in Sophocles' Antigone
Lecture 4: Socrates and the Socratic Quest
Lecture 5: PlatoIdealism and Power, Part I
Lecture 6: PlatoIdealism and Power, Part II
Lecture 7: Aristotle's Critique of Plato's Republic
Lecture 8: Machiavelli's Theory of Power Politics
Lecture 9: Rousseau's Theory of Human Nature and Society
Lecture 10: Marx's Critique of Capitalism and the Solution of Communism
Lecture 11: Freud's Theory of Human Nature and Civilization
Lecture 12: Thoreau's Theory of Civil Disobedience
Lecture 13: Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor
Lecture 14: The Idea of Anarchism and the Example of Emma Goldman
Lecture 15: Hitler's Use of Power
Lecture 16: Gandhi's Use of Power
About the author
Dennis G. Dalton, Ph.D., received his bachelors degree from Rutgers University in 1960 and did postgraduate work at the University of Chicago. In 1965, he earned his Ph.D. in political theory from the University of London. Professor Dalton has been honored with numerous scholarships and grants, including a grant in 1975 from the American Council of Learned Societies for his research in South Africa, a senior fellowship in 1975 with the American Institute of Indian Studies for his research in India, and a Gandhi Peace Foundation Grant in 1970 for his participation in an International Seminar in Delhi, India. Between 1964 and 1966 he was a review editor for the Journal of Developmental Studies (London), and between 1969 and 1975 he served as a U.S. correspondent for the South Asian Review (London).
Professor Daltons fields of interest include political theory (classical and modern, Western and Asian); the politics of South Asia (particularly the Indian nationalist movement); and ideologies of modern political movements with reference to Europe, India, China, and Africa. He has written numerous articles about all of those subjects. Professor Dalton has edited and contributed to more than a dozen publications, and he is the author of The Indian Idea of Freedom (1982). He is a member of both the American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies