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Ryan, Alan 1940-

Works: 197 works in 470 publications in 5 languages and 14,652 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Compiler, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Contributor
Classifications: HX39.5, B
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Most widely held works about Alan Ryan
Most widely held works by Alan Ryan
John Stuart Mill by Alan Ryan( Book )

31 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aim of this book is to present John Stuart Mill as the author of a philosophical system, a system which I shall call "inductivism"--The philosophy of what Mill himself termed "the inductive school." - Introduction to book
The making of modern liberalism by Alan Ryan( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Making of Modern Liberalism is a deep and wide-ranging exploration of the origins and nature of liberalism from the Enlightenment through its triumphs and setbacks in the twentieth century and beyond. The book is the fruit of the more than four decades during which Alan Ryan, one of the world's leading political thinkers, has reflected on the past of the liberal tradition--and worried about its future. Tracing the emergence of liberalism as articulated by some of its greatest proponents, including Locke, Tocqueville, Mill, Dewey, Russell, Popper, Berlin, and Rawls, the boo
John Dewey and the high tide of American liberalism by Alan Ryan( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When John Dewey died in 1952, he was memorialized as America's most famous philosopher, revered by liberal educators and deplored by conservatives, but universally acknowledged as his country's intellectual voice. Many things conspired to give Dewey an extraordinary intellectual eminence: He was immensely long-lived and immensely prolific; he died in his ninety-third year, and his intellectual productivity hardly slackened until his eighties." "Professor Alan Ryan offers new insights into Dewey's many achievements, his character, and the era in which his scholarship had a remarkable impact. He investigates the question of what an American audience wanted from a public philosopher - from an intellectual figure whose credentials came from his academic standing as a philosopher, but whose audience was much wider than an academic one." "Ran argues that Dewey's "religious" outlook illuminates his politics much more vividly than it does the politics of religion as ordinarily conceived. He examines how Dewey fit into the American radical tradition, how he was and was not like his transatlantic contemporaries, why he could for so long practice a form of philosophical inquiry that became unfashionable in England after 1914 at the latest."--Jacket
Bertrand Russell : a political life by Alan Ryan( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J.S. Mill by Alan Ryan( Book )

12 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On politics : a history of political thought from Herodotus to the present by Alan Ryan( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the origins of political philosophy and the lives of the great thinkers from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli to Hobbes and to the present and illuminates the ideas and beliefs that helped shape each era
The philosophy of the social sciences by Alan Ryan( Book )

50 editions published between 1970 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy of social explanation by Alan Ryan( Book )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perspectives on Thomas Hobbes( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Property and political theory by Alan Ryan( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Property by Alan Ryan( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Idea of freedom : essays in honour of Isaiah Berlin( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liberal anxieties and liberal education by Alan Ryan( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Education seems to be in one of its perennial crises, and all shades of political opinion quarrel over the reasons and the cure. Alan Ryan asks what these culture wars are really about, and why the battle is so ferocious. His answer is that for two hundred years education has been the focus of three great anxieties: that modern times have turned workers into uncultivated machine-minders; that democracy is degenerating into mob rule; and that our fearsome pace of change leaves us morally and spiritually adrift. Schools have the impossible task of rescuing us from these ill-defined dangers, and discussion about school reform arouses feelings more appropriate to wars of religion. Ryan argues for more perspective and less panic, for a calmer, livelier sense of the complexity and contradictions inherent to democratic education
Justice( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays by philosophers, political theorists, and social critics ranges over two millennia--from the ideas of Plato and Aristotle to those of contemporary thinkers such as John Rawls and Robert Nozick. It examines the nature of justice, its importance in human life, and its place among the other virtues. The scope of the collection gives a clear picture of the differences and continuities that have marked the debate: Plato's emphasis on the ideal of "sticking to one's task" contrasts with the modern emphasis on individual rights, while the account of justice as part of the law of nature offered by Aristotle and Cicero contrasts with Hume's analysis of justice as an artificial virtue. Alan Ryan's introductory essay emphasizes the stringency of justice--showing how its demands can conflict with considerations of the general welfare. The book concludes with a discussion of Marx's view that justice is perhaps merely a concession to a world of scarcity and selfishness created by capitalist necessities. An excellent guide to interpretations of one of the central values of political life and thought, this book will interest students and scholars of political theory and philosophy
Utilitarianism and other essays by John Stuart Mill( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his essays on Bentham and Coleridge, and above all in Utilitarianism, Mill balanced the claims of reason and the imagination, justice and expediency, individuality and social well-being in a system of ethics that is as relevant to today's intellectual and moral dilemmas as it was to the nineteenth century's
Mill : texts, commentaries by John Stuart Mill( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents three critical essays that represent the liberal political philosophy of nineteenth-century British philosopher and economist, John Stuart Mill, and contains seven commentaries on his works as well as a chronology of his life
Karl Marx : his life and environment by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published over fifty years ago, Isaiah Berlin's compelling portrait of the father of modern Communism has long been considered the best short account written of Marx's life and thought. It provides a penetrating, lucid and comprehensive introduction to Marx as theorist of the socialist revolution, illuminating his personality and ideas, concentrating on those which have historically formed the central core of Marxism. In turn, Berlin presents an account of Marx's life as one of the most influential and incendiary social philosophers of the nineteenth century and brilliantly depicts the social and political atmosphere in which Marx wrote." "This edition includes a new introduction by Alan Ryan which traces the place of Berlin's Karl Marx from its pre-World War II publication to the present, and shows why Berlin's portrait, in the midst of voluminous writings about Marx, remains a classic account of the personal and political side of this monumental figure."--Jacket
On Tocqueville : democracy and America by Alan Ryan( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In On Tocqueville, Alan Ryan brilliantly illuminates the observations of the French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, who first journeyed to the United States in 1831 and went on to catalog the unique features of the American social contract in his two-volume masterpiece, Democracy in America."--Book jacket
On liberty ; and, The subjection of women by John Stuart Mill( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Together, the works provide a fascinating testimony to the hopes and anxieties of mid-Victorian England, and offer a compelling consideration of what it truly means to be free." "This new edition marks the first time that these two key works have been collected as a single Penguin volume. The introduction discusses their writing and places them in the context of Mill's life and times. This edition includes a chronology, further reading and notes."--BOOK JACKET
On Machiavelli : the search for glory by Alan Ryan( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a chronology of Machiavelli's life, an introduction and text by Alan Ryan that provides context and analysis, and key excerpts from Machiavelli's The Prince and his Discourses
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Alternative Names
Rāyin, Ālan 1940-

Ryan, Alan 1940-

Ryan, Alan James.

Ryan, Alan James 1940-

John Dewey and the high tide of American liberalismBertrand Russell : a political lifeThe philosophy of the social sciencesPerspectives on Thomas HobbesPropertyLiberal anxieties and liberal educationJusticeUtilitarianism and other essays