Alan Ryan

Alan Ryan was warden of New College, Oxford University, where he was a professor of political theory. He is the author of John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism, Bertrand Russell: A Political Life, and On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present.

Books by Alan Ryan

  1. Book CoverJohn Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism


    “[A] brilliant intellectual biography. . . . Ryan submits incisive, compressed accounts of Dewey’s important works and, with considerable flair, describes the major political debates into which Dewey entered. Ryan has an expert historian’s grasp on the major events of the century and weaves them skillfully through Dewey’s life story.” —Mark Edmundson, Washington Post Book WorldMore

  2. Book CoverMill: The Spirit of the Age, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women


    This long-anticipated Norton Critical Edition represents an extensive revision of its predecessor, On Liberty, edited by the late David Spitz.More

  3. Book CoverOn Aristotle: Saving Politics from Philosophy


    An essential, comprehensive, and accessible guide to the life and works of Aristotle.More

  4. Book CoverOn Augustine: The Two Cities


    No philosopher speaks more immediately to the excesses of our twenty-first-century world and the limits of human reason than Augustine.More

  5. Book CoverOn Hobbes: Escaping the War of All Against All


    A guiding light to America’s Founding Fathers, Hobbes created the first truly modern political philosophy.More

  6. Book CoverOn Machiavelli: The Search for Glory


    An essential, comprehensive, and accessible guide to the life and works of Machiavelli.More

  7. Book CoverOn Marx: Revolutionary and Utopian


    A lucid introduction to the philosophical complexities and the practical limits of the political thought of Karl Marx.More

  8. Book CoverOn Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present


    Three decades in the making, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive histories of political philosophy in nearly a century.More

  9. Book CoverOn Tocqueville: Democracy and America


    Tocqueville’s gifts as an observer and commentator on American life and democracy are brought to vivid life in this splendid volume.More