Great Ideas Seminar, Political Philosophy - Book

Great Ideas Seminar, Political Philosophy - Book
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The Great Ideas Seminar - Political Philosophy

 

Authors: Douglas Iliff, M.D. and Webb M. Garlinghouse
Format: Paperback
Pages: 261

Book Review:
From Plato's Allegory of the Cave to Thoreau's assertion that "any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one", this collection of readings contains the most significant works of the greatest thinkers of the last 2,500 years. Their writings have influenced the development of Western political thought and continue to do so.

By reading the actual works of the philosophers, you are not reading about these great people and their ideas; you are reading their position and are able to draw your own conclusions.  Were the intrigues of Roman politics substantially different from the intrigues of politics today? How was the concept of Justice introduced in the Old Testament different from Justice at the time of the New Testament? Why was the Magna Carta significant and how did it ultimately advance the concept of freedom? What is the proper roll for religion in politics? Can the King (Prince) do wrong? What does separation of powers hope to accomplish and who introduced the concept? Why did Rousseau claim, "Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains."?

This collection addresses these questions and hundreds of others. It follows the development of Political Thought from the dawn of recorded history to the framing of the United States Constitution and beyond. It attempts to determine what the framers were trying to accomplish and, more important, what they were trying to avoid. Once written, the Constitution was widely believed to be "dead on arrival". It was only with a major sales effort through the Federalist Papers that it came to be ratified in 1788. This effort was opposed in the Anti-Federalist Papers. What did some fear from the proposed government? Has history confirmed any of these fears? Readers will come to understand and appreciate this intellectual conflict.

Through study and discussion, the reader will be able to discern, first-hand, the observations of each of these philosophers and the recommendations they make for improving the Human condition. For over two millennia, mankind has struggled with the question, What is the good state and why? Each approaches it from his own unique perspective and is greatly influenced by the times in which he lives. Each builds on the work of his predecessors. Each comes up with their own answer to the question.

By understanding the history of political thought, we hope the reader will gain an appreciation for our current situation and an understanding of the responsibilities of each citizen to insure its continuation.

This text can become the cornerstone for your own discussion group seeking to unravel the mysteries of the proper roll for government in our daily lives.

 

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