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1. Introduction: What is Political Philosophy?

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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

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

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Why study political philosophy?

What is the history of political philosophy, and what are the reasons for studying it?

Copyright 2016 Prof. Judith A. Swanson of the Boston University Department of Political Science. Production by Kindea Labs.

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Socrates : The beginning of Western Political Philosophy ( in Hindi and English )

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

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

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Lecture 2 - 01:27:40
Lecture 3 - 02:58:14
Lecture 4 - 04:27:07
Lecture 5 - 06:06:39
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An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ten Essays by Leo Strauss:

History of Political Philosophy by Leo Strauss:



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12. The Sovereign State: Hobbes' Leviathan

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

This is an introduction to the political views of Thomas Hobbes, which are often deemed paradoxical. On the one hand, Hobbes is a stern defender of political absolutism. The Hobbesian doctrine of sovereignty dictates complete monopoly of power within a given territory and over all institutions of civilian or ecclesiastical authority. On the other hand, Hobbes insists on the fundamental equality of human beings. He maintains that the state is a contract between individuals, that the sovereign owes his authority to the will of those he governs and is obliged to protect the interests of the governed by assuring civil peace and security. These ideas have been interpreted by some as indicative of liberal opposition to absolutism.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Thomas Hobbes
07:28 - Chapter 2. Who Was Hobbes?
14:12 - Chapter 3. Comparing Hobbes to Machiavelli and Aristotle
25:26 - Chapter 4. Hobbes on Art, Science and Politics
33:55 - Chapter 5. Hobbes' Great Question: What Makes Legitimate Authority Possible?
40:32 - Chapter 6. What Makes Hobbes' Story a Plausible Account of The State of Nature?

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

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Introduction to Political Thought: What is Political Philosophy?

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Introduction | Socio Political Philosophy | UPSC | Lecture | Tutorial | Hindi | English

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This is the first of two videos that give a very introductory glance at political philosophy. It gives the viewer a basic sense of the options out there, and how those options play out in United States politics.

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A lecture outlining political theory, its relation to political science, and examining Isaiah Berlin's thoughts on pluralism. This video is part of the online course POS 201-Intro to Political Theory taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Maine.

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