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(PLSC 114) 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.

This class was recorded in Fall 2006.

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(PLSC 114) 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.

This class was recorded in Fall 2006.

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An understated subversiveness that will fill you with hope...

These lectures are invaluable listening for anyone interested in: ethics, politics, philosophy, history, education, literature _ the list could be endless.

Smith makes the texts and the issues raised by them both accessible and provocative. The voices of thinkers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Hobbes, are made to speak out relevantly to our own political situation in a very understated way. For example, and it really is only one example, the lectures on Plato go way beyond political or philosophical summarising, focusing rather upon historical, dramatic and literary contexts that are very illuminating, especially in the subtle and evocative contrasts and comparisons that are drawn between our own states and statesmen and those described and prescribed by Plato.

The style and tone of the lectures and their content makes them a perfect introduction to political philosophy.

Perhaps a lecture on Thomas Jefferson could have been included because he is one of the people you will really want to know more about after listening to this excellent course. Quite simply, the world wide web in one of its very best manifestations.

Thank-you!

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