American history is often presented as a tale of dynamic movers and shakers who subdued an untamed wilderness on the way to forging a great nation - all the while leaving philosophy for their European counterparts. But this history neglects the philosophical underpinnings of America. As these 36 lectures demonstrate, America has borne the imprint of influential thinkers from its earliest days, from the Reformation theology of John Calvin to the Enlightenment philosophy of John Locke. Throughout this epic historical journey, you'll explore the many ways this nation has answered the question: What is an American? Professor Kobylka traces the many answers that have been offered showing how the idea of "We the People" has changed and expanded far beyond the Founding Fathers' original conception. You'll navigate America's ever-shifting political landscape and see how the great political trends in American history can be understood as variations on a single theme: the philosophy of liberalism, this conception that government is the source of some of our most deeply valued political notions. You'll also meet the great men and women who, over the course of American history, have molded political thought and policy. This is your opportunity to gain a deep understanding both of the nation's past and how this rich political history continues to influence the current day. Even if you've studied American history before, you'll encounter something new: a unique synthesis of viewpoints, ideas, and events that's enlightening and compelling.
by Joseph Koterski
by Teofilo F. Ruiz
by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
by Molly Bishop Shadel, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Peter J. Smith, Edward K. Cheng
by Joseph Murphy
by Nic Joseph
by Joseph Conrad
by Joseph Ellis
"Professor Kobylka's lectures use political theory and philosophy, either written as such or derived from speeches or even events, as a lens through which to view American history. The result proves illuminating, with much to say about contemporary debates. The lectures have a well-rehearsed, sometimes even studied, quality, and the occasional well-worn jokes seem perfunctory. But they are true lectures, thought through as they are spoken. The professor's voice is adequate; stumbles and mispronounced words occur, but seldom. The material is cogent, instructive, and generally entertaining, and the lectures themselves are clear, well organized, and well paced. An interesting and intellectually stimulating course. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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