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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


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?

The Floating University
Originally released September 2011.

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Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

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

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 -

Digital transcript:

An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ten Essays by Leo Strauss:

History of Political Philosophy by Leo Strauss:


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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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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.

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.

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:



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.

1 Introduction What is Political Philosophy


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

Political Philosophy Part 1: The State

Join George and John as they discuss different Philosophical theories. In this video they will be focusing on Political Philosophy and pondering the idea of The State. What is The State, what should its primary role be, and how should people be governed?


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

4. Philosophers and Kings: Plato's Republic, I-II

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

Lecture 4 introduces Plato's Republic and its many meanings in the context of moral psychology, justice, the power of poetry and myth, and metaphysics. The Republic is also discussed as a utopia, presenting an extreme vision of a polis--Kallipolis--Plato's ideal city.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction
03:04 - Chapter 2. What Is Plato's Republic About?
17:38 - Chapter 3. I Went Down to the Piraeus
22:05 - Chapter 4. The Seventh Letter
30:00 - Chapter 5. Analyzing the Beginning of Republic and the Hierarchy of Characters
38:13 - Chapter 6. Cephalus

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

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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

Digital transcript:

An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ten Essays by Leo Strauss:

History of Political Philosophy by Leo Strauss:

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.

Political Philosophy

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

Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction - FULL Audio Book - by David Miller (1946-)

Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction - FULL Audio Book - by David Miller (1946-). Read by Thomas Mitchell.
'How should we live together in society? Why do we need government at all? What does social justice mean? Political philosophy asks and answers about the nature and purpose of government that every person needs to consider.
In this Very Short Introduction, David Miller demonstrates the practical importance of political philosophy and explores some of these fundamental issues, asking why democracy is the best form of government and which areas of life should be kept free from political interference. David Miller also examines the new challenges posed by feminism, multiculturalism, and globalization, and questions whether ideals of good government that were first developed in the era of city-states can still have relevance today.'

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Intro & Overview - Intro to Political Economy, Lecture1

Michael Munger is Professor of Political Science and Director of the PPE Certificate Program at Duke University.

Introduction to Political Economy is a self-contained and nontechnical overview of the intellectual history of political economy, the logic of microeconomics, and the definitions used in macroeconomics. It introduces the notion of a political economy, emphasizing the moral and ethical problems that markets solve, and fail to solve.

I, Pencil (Leonard Read) No one knows enough to do anything. We all depend on other people for almost everything we need.
Some of that is provided by the state (defense, police). But most is provided by markets, without our thinking about it. Example
is simple: a pencil. No one, no one in the whole world, knows how to make a pencil.

2. What is Seen and What is Unseen (Frederic Bastiat). The broken window fallacy. Does destruction create jobs? What is the
real value of something? The answer is opportunity cost, so destruction does not create jobs, or growth. The problem is that
we SEE the jobs created by the broken window, but we don't see the opportunity cost of those resources. If this were not true,
then the President should commission gangs to go around breaking windows and burning cars, because that would create jobs.

3. The Candlemakers’ Petition (Frederic Bastiat) An amusing parable from 19th century France. If we believe that the way to create jobs is to make things more expensive, then just think of how many jobs would be created if we could block the sun! We would need heat, and light, and a lot of people would be employed providing those things. But that is nonsense, because the sun is free and all those things are expensive. The point is not to create jobs, and make things more expensive. The goal should be to take care of consumers, and always make things cheaper and better. Protecting producers is a sucker's bet, but that is very tempting for the state because producers are more politically powerful than consumers, as we will see in this course.

Bastiat, Frederic, Essays, What is Seen and Not Seen
-- Sections 1-2, paragraphs 1.1-1.36
-- Section 6, paragraphs 1.95-1.125
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Bastiat, F. Economic Sophisms,
-- Chapter 7, “A Candlemakers’ Petition”
-- Chapter 8, “Differential Tariffs”
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Read, Leonard, “I, Pencil” (LINK: )
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Stocks, the Stock Market, & the Basics of Trading

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