Garry W. Runciman


On his book Great Books, Bad Arguments: Republic, Leviathan, and The Communist Manifesto

Cover Interview of June 20, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Provocative questioning with underlying seriousness of purpose.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“None has gone on to account for how it is that proposals so demonstrably unrealistic can continue to command such universal and admiring attention.”

On the second:

“Plato, Hobbes, and Marx want their readers to share not only their anger and dismay at what they see in the world around them but their passionate hope that a way can somehow be found to bring into being institutional arrangements whereby human beings can live together in harmony.”