1. Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?

1. Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

Professor Smith discusses the nature and scope of political philosophy. The oldest of the social sciences, the study of political philosophy must begin with the works of Plato and Aristotle, and examine in depth the fundamental concepts and categories of the study of politics. The questions which regimes are best? and what constitutes good citizenship? are posed and discussed in the context of Plato's Apology.

00:00 - Chapter 1. What Is Political Philosophy?
12:16 - Chapter 2. What Is a Regime?
22:19 - Chapter 3. Who Is a Statesman? What Is a Statesman?
27:22 - Chapter 4. What Is the Best Regime?

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

Social and Political Philosophy Lecture #1: Introduction

Aristotle Part 1: Introduction (For Political Science Optional in हिन्दी and English)

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This Lecture talks about What is Political Theory

Leo Strauss - An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Part 1)

This introductory course on Political Philosophy was taught at The University of Chicago (1965).

Lecture 1 - 00:00
Lecture 2 - 01:27:40
Lecture 3 - 02:58:14
Lecture 4 - 04:27:07
Lecture 5 - 06:06:39
Lecture 6-9 -

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An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ten Essays by Leo Strauss

History of Political Philosophy

Plato - Western Political Thought - part 1 - Philosophy & Political Science optional - UPSC

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1. Introduction

Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181)

Professor Gendler explains the interdisciplinary nature of the course: work from philosophy, psychology, behavioral economics, and literature will be brought to bear on the topic of human nature. The three main topics of the course are introduced--happiness and flourishing, morality, and political philosophy--and examples of some of the course's future topics are discussed.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction and Course Overview
11:30 - Chapter 2. First Example of Course Topics: the Ring of Gyges
16:29 - Chapter 3. Second Example of Course Topics: Trolley problems
23:07 - Chapter 4. Third Example of Course Topics: Procrastination
29:45 - Chapter 5. What Is Distinctive about This Course

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2011.

1. An Introduction to Social & Politcial Philosophy

Professor Thorsby offers some basic remarks on the topics of philosophy, politics, and social theory.

Quick Introduction to Political Philosophy

Leo Strauss - An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Part 2)

This introductory course on Political Philosophy was taught at The University of Chicago (1965).

Lecture 1-5 -
Lecture 6 - 00:00
Lecture 7 - 01:27:27
Lecture 8 - 03:00:49
Lecture 9 - 04:28:08

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An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ten Essays by Leo Strauss

History of Political Philosophy

What is Philosophy?: Crash Course Philosophy #1

Today Hank begins to teach you about Philosophy by discussing the historical origins of philosophy in ancient Greece, and its three main divisions: metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory. He will also introduce logic, and how you’re going to use it to understand and critically evaluate a whole host of different worldviews throughout this course. And also, hopefully, the rest of your life.


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Introduction to Philosophy: Lecture 1 - Introduction

This course explores various ways of understanding the human self and its relation to the world. Through a consideration of what can be known, what is worth valuing, what reality is, and how human communities should be composed and regulated, the course deals with central themes that arise from the human quest for a deeper self-understanding.

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An Introduction to the Political Philosophy of the Constitution

In this 1987 video, Professor Duane Smith speaks about some of the basic ideas underlying the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Professor Smith addresses three topics: (1) natural rights philosophy, (2) republicanism, and (3) constitutionalism. This video can be used by teachers implementing the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program or by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of American constitutionalism. Professor Smith was the former associate director of the Center for Civic Education and a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tamar Gendler: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Politics and Economics

Tamar Gendler, Department of Philosophy Chair at Yale University, Cognitive Scientist

Who gets what and who says so? These two questions underlie and inform every social arrangement from the resolution of schoolyard squabbles to the meta-structure of human societies. They are also the basis of political philosophy. Professor Tamar Gendler uses the work of three titans of the discipline, Thomas Hobbes, John Rawls, and Robert Nozick, as a lens to guide us through the taut debate about the role of government in society, asking Will we embrace the radical state of nature or will we surrender our freedom to the leviathan of the state?

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Additional Lectures:
Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell

Joel Cohen: An Introduction to Demography (Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem?)

Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

Leon Botstein: Art Now (Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, Architecture, Movies, and More.)

Political Philosophy

Lecture 8, Political Philosophy, of UGS 303, Ideas of the Twentieth Century, at the University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2013

6. Introduction to John Locke's Political Philosophy

Professor Thorsby walks his students through the core concepts found in John Locke's Second Treatise on Givernment

Introduction to the State of Nature - Political Philosophy [1] [EN]

First video dedicated to political philosophy on the State of Nature, important concept to understand social contract theories.

1) Definition of the State of Nature
2) State of Nature and human nature (Machiavelli's perspective)
3) Minecraft: a perfect example of the State of Nature?

State of Nature:




A webcast discussion of classical and neoclassicial political theory - Plato's Crito through to Hobbes, Locke, Machiavellia and Rousseau and modern ideas of the state

2. Socratic Citizenship: Plato's Apology

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

The lecture begins with an explanation of why Plato's 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.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Plato, Apology
09:31 - Chapter 2. Political Context of the Dialogue
19:19 - Chapter 3. Accusations Leveled Against Socrates
27:51 - Chapter 4. Clouds: Debunking Socrates' New Model of Citizenship
33:31 - Chapter 5. The Famous Socratic Turn; Socrates' Second Sailing

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.


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