PLSC 114 - Introduction to Political Philosophy

Open Yale Courses - PLSC 114: Introduction to Political Philosophy (Fall 2006). This consists of 24 lectures given by Professor Steven B. Smith. This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition. Three broad themes that are central to understanding political life are focused upon: the polis experience (Plato, Aristotle), the sovereign state (Machiavelli, Hobbes), constitutional government (Locke), and democracy (Rousseau, Tocqueville). The way in which different political philosophies have given expression to various forms of political institutions and our ways of life are examined throughout the course. (from oyc.yale.edu)

Lecture 01 - Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?
Lecture 02 - Socratic Citizenship: Plato's Apology
Lecture 03 - Socratic Citizenship: Plato's Crito
Lecture 04 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato's Republic, I-II
Lecture 05 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato's Republic, III-IV
Lecture 06 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato's Republic, V
Lecture 07 - The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle's Politics, I, III
Lecture 08 - The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle's Politics, IV
Lecture 09 - The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle's Politics, VII
Lecture 10 - New Modes and Orders: Machiavelli's The Prince (chaps. 1-12)
Lecture 11 - New Modes and Orders: Machiavelli's The Prince (chaps. 13-26)
Lecture 12 - The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan
Lecture 13 - The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan
Lecture 14 - The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan
Lecture 15 - Constitutional Government: Locke's Second Treatise (1-5)
Lecture 16 - Constitutional Government: Locke's Second Treatise (7-12)
Lecture 17 - Constitutional Government: Locke's Second Treatise (13-19)
Lecture 18 - Democracy and Participation: Rousseau's Discourse
Lecture 19 - Democracy and Participation: Rousseau's Discourse
Lecture 20 - Democracy and Participation: Rousseau's Social Contract, I-II
Lecture 21 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Lecture 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Lecture 23 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Lecture 24 - In Defense of Politics


Web.. PLSC 114: Introduction to Political Philosophy
Professor Steven B. Smith. Class Sessions. Downloads. Syllabus. This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition.
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