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This book is my education in political thinking. Mr. Wolin generously shares his wealth of understanding in this tome which sometimes reads like a textbook but more often (I think) reads like an investigation.
I'm a little dismayed I didn't learn about this a long time ago, when I was discovering some of the classic texts (e.g., The Lonely Crowd or The Organization Man .)I just found it via the author's obituary: Sheldon S. Wolin, 93, Political Theorist Who Saw Limits of Popular Democracy, Dies.From that obit:❝“Politics and Vision,” subtitled “Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought,” appeared at a time when American political science was under the sway of the behavioralist revoluti...
Sheldon Wolin’s Politics and Vision is easily one of the most substantial books I’ve ever read. Correspondingly, it is also one of the most insightful. Wolin presents a comparison and analysis of an entire tradition of thought; weaving a cohesive history of ideas through political philosophy from Plato to …well… his own . In so doing he explicates, with sagacity, dozens of thinkers. Along the way, he raises discerning questions of their roles in the tradition, as well as reflecting on the
If you think the book is good, you should have heard his lectures at Cal.Because I refer to PaV, so frequently, the old book is worn and should be rebound.I was just reading a section on Augustine. I scribbled a quick question in the margin, two paragraphs later I had my answer integrated with a more comprehensive view of whatever I was checking. This was not the first time that happened when reading PaV. The book and one's background generate questions. Wolin seems to anticipate said questions
I read about a third of this. It was interesting and informative but the print was so small it gave me headaches. And that was with my glasses on. I didn't want to but I had to give it up.
One of the greatest modern political works. The expanded edition is superb, providing Wolin's pessimistic view of the future of politics after the disturbing rise of corporate power and increasingly "inverted totalitarian" system of the late 20th and early 21st century.
Eat your vegetables
Absolutely stunningly beautiful. He manages to tour several thousand years of political theory. I've never seen anything this erudite before.
The best at what it sets out to do.
Magisterial. The breadth of Wolin's knowledge spanning the history of Western political thought is formidable. Not only is this book a highly readable history of the evolution of political theory, but it's also a great work of original theory in its own right, offering thoughtful analysis and insight in each chapter. The 2004 update is not quite as refined as the original half of the book, but it's still a remarkable text. I spent a lot of time reading and rereading it as a secondary source in p...
Covers pretty much the entire western history of political theory. it begins with an introduction to political theory and philosophy, and then proceeds to explain and interpret the tradition of western political theory and philosophy from the ancient Greeks to post-modernism. it is quite illuminating for serious students of political philosophy, and lets the average reader come in contact with the methods and subject matter of political theory itself. toward the end of the book sheldon offers a
In this book, Wolin goes over different "eras" of political theory and provides an interesting view for each of them. Areas covered include Plato, the early Christian era, Calvin, liberalsm, Machiavelli, and much more. Overall this is a great book, if you are interested in this subject. If you are not, it would be difficult to get through, as Wolin can get quite wordy.
Difficult read but definitely worth the struggle. It is life changing to read about postmodernism and how true politics is disappearing for something we mistakenly call politics. My eyes have been opened and I'm thirsty for more!
Informative, but dull.