Marx’s Theory of Historical Materialism

I’ve been going through this Yale “Foundations of Modern Social Theory” course, and this is the best lecture so far. This lecture has taught me more about Marx’s ideas & theories than I’d known up to this point. And while I don’t know nearly enough to consider myself a Marxist by any stretch, my appetite for more has been whetted and I’m glad there are two more remaining lectures in the course on Marx.

An introduction to the political views of Thomas Hobbes

Taking a break from modern day analysis for some deeper cuts. Reflecting on some Hobbes via lecturer Steven B. Smith:

“Conflict and war are primary, peace is derivative.”

And also “The will to contend” and how we’re basically always at war, even when we’re not.

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Lecture 12 – The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan – Steven B. Smith

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