Episode 186 – Philosophy of Freedom: The State of Nature

05/14/20110 Comments

Each society tells itself a story about where it came from. These foundation myths are built on our assumptions about the world and about human nature itself, and it often explains why we live in the political system that we do. Today on The Corbett Report we examine various foundation myths throughout history, from ancient Greece to modern America, from the Enlightenment to the post-Enlightenment.

Documentation

Documentation – Charles Anderson on foundation myths
Time Reference: 08:28
Description: A course on political philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Link To: iTunes.apple.com

 

Documentation – Ancient Egypt’s view of nature and politics
Time Reference: 15:17
Description: From the same lecture by Charles Anderson cited above.
Link To: iTunes.apple.com

 

Documentation – Aristotle: Man is a political animal
Time Reference: 25:10
Description: From a lecture by Steven B. Smith in an “Introduction to Political Philosophy” course delivered at Yale.
Link To: Academicearth.org

 

Documentation – Hobbes’ Leviathan
Time Reference: 38:40
Description: Audio excerpt from Bertrand Russell’s 1945 volume “The History of Western Philosophy.”
Link To: YouTube.com

 

Documentation – Locke: Equality, Freedom, Property and the Right to Dissent
Time Reference: 47:20
Description: From a Yale course entitled “Foundations of Modern Social Theory.”
Link To: freevideolectures.com

 

Documentation – Freedom and its Betrayal: Berlin on Rousseau
Time Reference: 1:00:12
Description: Absolutely riveting lecture on political philosophy by Isaiah Berlin.
Link To: Oxford University

 

Documentation – Sigmund Freud and Irrational Man
Time Reference: 1:12:07
Description: Freud destroys the Enlightenment belief in rational man.
Link To: AcademicEarth.org

 

Documentation – Alex Jones interviews Peter Joseph
Time Reference: 1:21:25
Link To: Google Video
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