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 2: Socratic Citizenship Platos Apology

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        Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) The lecture begins with an explanation of why Platos Apology is the best introductory text to the study of political philosophy. The focus remains on the Apology as a symbol for the violation of free expression, with Socrates justifying his way of life as a philosopher and defending the utility of philosophy for political life. 0000 - Chapter 1. Introduction Plato, Apology 0931 - Chapter 2. Political Context of the Dialogue 1919 - Chapter 3. Accusations Leveled Against Socrates 2751 - Chapter 4. Clouds Debunking Socrates New Model of Citizenship 3331 - Chapter 5. The Famous Socratic "Turn"; Socrates Second Sailing 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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