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 20: Democracy and Participation Rousseaus Social Contract, I-II

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        Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) The concept of "general will" is considered Rousseaus most important contribution to political science. It is presented as the answer to the gravest problems of civilization, namely, the problems of inequality, amour-propre, and general discontent. The social contract is the foundation of the general will and the answer to the problem of natural freedom, because nature itself provides no guidelines for determining who should rule. The lecture ends with Rousseaus legacy and the influence he exercised on later nineteenth-century writers and philosophers. 0000 - Chapter 1. Introduction Social Contract and the General Will 2504 - Chapter 2. Applications of the General Will 3054 - Chapter 3. The Legacies of Rousseau 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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