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Reading Political Philosophy: From Machiavelli to Mill - Audio

The history and development of political philosophy has been dominated by many inspirational and radical thinkers. The tracks on this album offer both an introduction and an in-depth insight into the leading theorists in this field and their most important works. In a series of lively and invigorating discussions, leading political philosophers examine canonical texts and seminal thinkers from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century, highlighting their intellectual and cultural impact and the context in which the texts were originally written. This material forms part of The Open University course AA311: Reading political philosophy, from Machiavelli to Mill.

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Mill: Nigel Warburton and Alan Ryan

This debate analyses Mill’s On Liberty. Arguments are made as to whether the book has a single, viable truth and what it can tell us about choice, freedom of speech and self-development.

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23 Aug 2009

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Mill: Nigel Warburton and Janette Radcliffe-Richards

This discussion focuses on a feminist reading of Mill, concentrating particularly on his treatise On the Subjection of Women and its relevance to 19th Century society and culture. Mill’s precarious position as an early feminist is discussed in depth.

18mins

23 Aug 2009

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The German Ideology, Marx and Engels’ 1845 book, is dissected and discussed. The discussion highlights the importance of the book in terms of Marx and the development of his theory of history, the inevitabilities in history, and rights as a moral truth.

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Marx: Derek Matravers and Jonathan Wolff

This discussion focuses on the concept of production and labour in Marx’s writings, and the way in which they highlight aspects of fundamental historical materialism, formal equality and the relationship between the state and the individual.

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Reading Political Philosophy: From Machiavelli to Mill

An introduction to this album.

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