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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

Wide-ranging but shallow

Anderson's course is admirable in its breadth--54 lectures covering over a dozen philosophers and schools of thought. His reading of those philosophers, however, is shallow and simplistic, even for an introductory level course. Some of his lectures are more thoughtful than others--he does a better job with Rousseau than with Marx, and a better job with Jeremy Bentham than with Adam Smith--but overall the class is disappointing. You're better off with Steven Smith's excellent "Introduction to Political Philosophy," or the Open University course on "Reading Political Philosophy," both available through iTunes U.

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.