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 9: The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law Aristotles Politics, VII

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        Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) This final lecture on Aristotle focuses on controlling conflict between factions. Polity as a mixture of the principles of oligarchy and democracy, is the regime that, according to Aristotle, can most successfully control factions and avoid dominance by either extreme. Professor Smith asserts that the idea of the polity anticipates Madisons call for a government in which powers are separated and kept in check and balance, avoiding therefore the extremes of both tyranny and civil war. 0000 - Chapter 1. Polity The Regime that Most Successfully Controls for Faction 0730 - Chapter 2. The Importance of Property and Commerce for a Flourishing Republic 1228 - Chapter 3. The Aristocratic Republic A Model for the Best Regime 2650 - Chapter 4. What Is Aristotles Political Science? 3521 - Chapter 5. Who Is a Statesman? 3754 - Chapter 6. The Method of Aristotles Political Science 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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