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Foundations of Modern Social Theory - Audio

By Iván Szelényi

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This course provides an overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s. Attention is paid to social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, and contributions to contemporary social analysis. Writers include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.

Customer Reviews

Great introductory philosophy class without being boring

I like how the professor starts his discussion of different thinkers with some biographical info and the historical period that produced them. He is also good in connecting different thinkers' ideas, showing the roots of a certain concept which was identified with a certain philosopher but the seeds were intriduced by his predecessors.He also has a sense of humor, which definitely makes the lectures easier to follow. Overall, really good introductory class.

Perfect for studying sociology.

Has many of the founders of socialism's speeches and is a great resource.

Bad sound

Barely could understand what was being said during the second lecture. Stopped trying to listen.