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Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought

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This is a significantly expanded edition of one of the greatest works of modern political theory. Sheldon Wolin's Politics and Vision inspired and instructed two generations of political theorists after its appearance in 1960. This new edition retains intact the original ten chapters about political thinkers from Plato to Mill, and adds seven chapters about theorists from ...more
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Published February 9th 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published 1960)
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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 revolution
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Geraldine Powell
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.
The best at what it sets out to do.
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 [2004]. 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
Kristofer Petersen-Overton
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 ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of political theory
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 ...more
Jacob Daniel
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rabia Otry
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-reread
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!
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative, but dull.
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