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 24: In Defense of Politics

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        Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) This final lecture of the course is given "in defense of politics." First, the idea and definition of "politics" and the "political" are discussed with reference to the ideas of Immanuel Kant and twentieth-century political scientists, novelists, and philosophers such as Bernard Crick, E. M. Forster, and Carl Schmitt. Patriotism, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism are also addressed as integral parts of political life. Finally, the role of educators--and "old books"--is discussed as essential to developing a proper understanding of the political. 0000 - Chapter 1. Bernard Crick "In Defense of Politics" 0355 - Chapter 2. E. M. Forster PatriotIsm and Loyalty 0729 - Chapter 3. Carl Schmitt and Aristotle Patriotism and Loyalty 1224 - Chapter 4. Immanuel Kant Transpolitical Cosmopolitanism 1617 - Chapter 5. Schmitt vs. Kant NationalIsm vs. Cosmopolitanism 2545 - Chapter 6. Ethos of the American Regime 3305 - Chapter 7. Where Should the Study of Political Science Be Today? Who Should Educate the Educators? 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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