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 23: Democratic Statecraft Tocquevilles Democracy in America

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        Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) Professor Smith discusses the moral and psychological components of the democratic state in the context of Tocquevilles Democracy in America. He goes on to explore the institutional development of the democratic state, the qualities of the democratic individual, and the psychological determinants of the democratic character. The ethic of self-interest is addressed, understood as an antidote to an ethic of fame and glory. Finally, Tocqueville is presented as a political educator and his views on the role of statesmen in a democratic age are expounded. 0000 - Chapter 1. Moral and Psychological Features of the Democratic State 0432 - Chapter 2. Moral and Psychological Features of the Democratic State Compassion 1517 - Chapter 3. Moral and Psychological Features of the Democratic State Anxiety 2219 - Chapter 4. Moral and Psychological Features of the Democratic State Self-Interest 3344 - Chapter 5. Democratic Statecraft 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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