The History of Western Social Theory, by Alan MacFarlane, Cambridge University

These lectures were presented by Alan MacFarlane in November 2001 in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. They were part of a course on theory and methods in anthropology designed for second year social anthropology undergraduates. Above, watch Lecture 1: A Map of Social Theories, 1000-2000. The remaining lectures follow below:

Lecture 2: The Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755)

Lecture 3: Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Lecture 4: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Lecture 5: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Lecture 6: Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)

Lecture 7: Max Weber (1864-1920)

Lecture 8: Ernest Gellner (1925-1995)

Lecture 9: F.W.Maitland (1850-1906)

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