Introduction to Political Philosophy

Introduction to Political Philosophy

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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.
    1. Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?
    37:06
    2. Socratic Citizenship: Plato’s Apology
    45:35
    3. Socratic Citizenship: Plato’s Crito

    47:16
    4. Philosophers and Kings: Plato’s Republic, I-II

    47:15
    5. Philosophers and Kings: Plato’s Republic, III-IV

    47:18
    6. Philosophers and Kings: Plato’s Republic, V

    45:09
    7. The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle’s Politics, I, III

    43:46
    8. The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle’s Politics, IV

    47:59
    9. The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle’s Politics, VII

    46:13
    10. New Modes and Orders: Machiavelli’s The Prince (chaps. 1-12)

    37:21
    11. New Modes and Orders: Machiavelli’s The Prince (chaps. 13-26)

    43:29
    12. The Sovereign State: Hobbes’ Leviathan

    45:29
    13. The Sovereign State: Hobbes’ Leviathan

    46:24
    14. The Sovereign State: Hobbes’ Leviathan

    44:24
    15. Constitutional Government: Locke’s Second Treatise (1-5)

    44:41
    16. Constitutional Government: Locke’s Second Treatise (7-12)

    45:12
    17. Constitutional Government: Locke’s Second Treatise (13-19)

    45:12
    18. Democracy and Participation: Rousseau’s Discourse

    43:53
    19. Democracy and Participation: Rousseau’s Discourse

    41:36
    20. Democracy and Participation: Rousseau’s Social Contract, I-II

    40:39
    21. Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

    42:05
    22. Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

    38:13
    23. Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

    50:34
    24. In Defense of Politics

    39:02

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