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Political, Economic and Social Thought

by University of Wisconsin-Madison

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A year's worth of political philosophy from renowned Professor Emeritus of Political Science Charles Anderson. In covering everything from Plato to Marx, Anderson applies their theories to contemporary political, social and economic concerns in an engaging manner.

Customer Reviews

Excellent podcast!

As a grad student in political science i can comfortably say that this is one of the best political thought classes i have heard! Not only does he effectively summarize the most crucial parts of each philosopher's thoughts, he also does a very good job in relating those ideas to contemporary political issues. İ wish there were more podcasts of his courses.


Not only is his subject matter relevant, engrossing, and well organized, but his voice is a pleasure to listen to and his skill as a lecturer is superb. Love it.

Top notch professor

After about the ninth or tenth lecture, Professor Anderson confesses that classical political philosophy is not his specialty, that he studies and teaches this as a hobby, and that his area of expertise is political economics. He certainly had me fooled. I’ve been to many classes on political science, political philosophy, and ancient philosophy over the years, and have rarely come across professors who display the combination of breadth of knowledge, public speaking skills (including a good, clear speaking voice), organization of the material, and interesting non-obvious insights. I like that Professor Anderson deals with the Middle Ages and religion in general, which are often neglected in political science classes. My only complaint would be that the lectures are of different lengths and too short; even though Professor Anderson devotes multiple lectures to Plato and Aristotle, I would have liked to hear a few more lectures on each subject.
We are all very fortunate both to have the technology that gives us access to such a top notch lecturer as Professor Anderson and that schools like the University of Wisconsin-Madison are generous and public-minded enough to share it with us.

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