Introduction to Political Philosophy

Yale Course , Fall 2006 , Prof. Steven B. Smith

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Introduction: What is Political Philosophy - Socratic Citizenship: Plato's Apology-Plato's Crito - Philosophers and Kings: Plato's Republic,Plato's Republic,Plato's Republic - The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle's Politics - New Modes and Orders: Machiavelli's The Prince - The Sovereign State: Hobbes' Leviathan - Constitutional Government: Locke's Second Treatise - Constitutional Government: Locke's Second Treatise - Democracy and Participation: Rousseau's Discourse - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville's Democracy in America - In Defense of Politics

Lecture 10: New Modes and Orders Machiavellis The Prince (chaps. 1-12)

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        Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) The lecture begins with an introduction of Machiavellis life and the political scene in Renaissance Florence. Professor Smith asserts that Machiavelli can be credited as the founder of the modern state, having reconfigured elements from both the Christian empire and the Roman republic, creating therefore a new form of political organization that is distinctly his own. Machiavellis state has universalist ambitions, just like its predecessors, but it has been liberated from Christian and classical conceptions of virtue. The management of affairs is left to the princes, a new kind of political leaders, endowed with ambition, love of glory, and even elements of prophetic authority. 0000 - Chapter 1. Introduction Video of "The Third Man" 0220 - Chapter 2. Introduction Who Was Machiavelli? 1533 - Chapter 3. "The Prince" Title and Dedication of the Book 2152 - Chapter 4. The Distinction between Armed and Unarmed Prophets 2610 - Chapter 5. Good and Evil, Virtue and Vice Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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