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A podcast about political theory. Freely available to all, but we'd love your support on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/politicaltheory101

Also available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play

    Marx and Materialism

    Marx and Materialism

    Edmund and Benjamin discuss Marx's theory of history, positioning Marx in relation to his German predecessors and to some of the Marxists that follow him. The Greeks make an appearance, too.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Hegel and the German Conception of Freedom

    Hegel and the German Conception of Freedom

    Edmund and Benjamin discuss Hegel's effort to bridge the gap between the individual and the collective with mediating institutions. They position Hegel in relation to the German theorists who came before and after him and discuss his critique of the Greeks.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Kant, Fichte, and the Liberal Origins of Nationalism

    Kant, Fichte, and the Liberal Origins of Nationalism

    Edmund and Benjamin discuss Kant's autonomy-heavy moral theory, emphasising Kant's reluctance to apply his moral theory to politics. This, however, did not stop Fichte, who called for a "self-sufficient" German nation-state. By shifting the autonomous subject from the individual person to the individual nation, Fichte is able to turn Kant's liberal moral theory into a nationalist political theory. Featuring Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Schmitt

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Machiavelli, Smith, and the Separation of Politics and Morality

    Machiavelli, Smith, and the Separation of Politics and Morality

    To escape the subordination of politics to theology under the church, Machiavelli creates a new kind of strictly political normativity, leaving morality behind. We examine why Machiavelli had to do this, and how this leads to new liberal moral theories, like the one Adam Smith describes in his Theory of Moral Sentiments. Featuring Augustine, Dante, and Kant

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Hirschman, Goodin, and the End of the Chronic Legitimacy Crisis

    Hirschman, Goodin, and the End of the Chronic Legitimacy Crisis

    Edmund and Benjamin combine the last two episodes together to talk about "chronic legitimacy crises". They discuss how these crises work and how they end--through solving, settling, and sinking.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Williams, Rawls, and Legitimation Stories

    Williams, Rawls, and Legitimation Stories

    In our follow-up to our previous episode on "crisis", Edmund and Benjamin talk about how legitimacy works. They start with the disagreement between Bernard Williams and John Rawls over whether legitimacy is an "internal" or "external" concept. Then they use Benjamin's PhD thesis to delve into the different kinds of legitimation stories states tell.

    • 1 hr 13 min

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