Introduction to Political Philosophy

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.

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University

Yale

Professor

Steven B. Smith

Lectures

24 Lectures

University

Yale

Professor

Steven B. Smith

Lectures

24 Lectures