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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

    Bentham, Mill, and the Utilitarians

    Bentham, Mill, and the Utilitarians

    Edmund and Benjamin run through the history of utilitarianism, focusing both on its radical and conservative aspects and running through some of the problems utilitarians have grappled with. Featuring Sidgwick, Moore, Singer, and Parfit, among others...

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Fenelon, Mandeville, and 18th Century Thoughts on Commerce & Luxury

    Fenelon, Mandeville, and 18th Century Thoughts on Commerce & Luxury

    We discuss reactions to economic change in the 18th century, conflicts with traditional understandings of virtue, and how theorists thought about the problem before Smith & Bentham came on the scene.

    To skip the full reading of Fable of the Bees, go to 25:30

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Hobbes, Hume, Spinoza, and the Politics of Human Nature

    Hobbes, Hume, Spinoza, and the Politics of Human Nature

    We discuss the influence of theories of human nature on political theory, comparing and contrasting Hobbes, Hume, and Spinoza.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    The Frankfurt School and the Rise of the Interventionist State

    The Frankfurt School and the Rise of the Interventionist State

    Edmund and Benjamin delve into Marxist reactions to the rise of the interventionist state, both in the interwar and postwar periods. Featuring Adorno, Fraenkel, Habermas, Horkheimer, Kirchheimer, Marcuse, Pollock, Neumann

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Marxism After Marx

    Marxism After Marx

    Edmund and Benjamin discuss the trajectory of Marxism during the decades following Marx's death. They focus on the limitations of both democratic and revolutionary approaches, attempts to find a golden mean between the two, and why this mean was so elusive.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Nietzsche, Arendt, and Aesthetic Struggle

    Nietzsche, Arendt, and Aesthetic Struggle

    Edmund and Benjamin discuss what happens when political theorists make struggling their primary objective, comparing Nietzsche and Arendt to the theorists who prioritise unity, order, or truth.

    • 1 hr 27 min

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