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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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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

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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Meaning, Nature & Scope of Political Science - EP 1

In this video we are going to learn and understand the following points:
1) Meaning of Political Science
2) Nature of Political Science
3) The Scope of Political Science.

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What is Political Theory - Part 1

This Lecture talks about What is Political Theory
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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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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 by Leo Strauss:



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1 Introduction What is Political Philosophy

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?
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David Gordon - The History of Political Philosophy: From Plato to Locke

In this course, intellectual historian David Gordon gives a survey of the greatest thinkers, and evaluates these scholars by their arguments for and against the idea of Liberty. Recorded in Auburn, Alabama, on June 4-8, 2007.

Lecture 1 - Plato: 00:00
Lecture 2 - Aristotle: 01:22:06
Lecture 3 - Thomas Aquinas: 02:46:54
Lecture 4 - Thomas Hobbes: 04:04:09
Lecture 5 - John Locke: 05:28:14
Lecture 6-10:


Books by David Gordon:

The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics:

An Introduction to Economic Reasoning:

The Essential Rothbard:

Secession, State, and Liberty:

What is Political Theory? What is the meaning of political Theory?

What is Political Theory?
Definition of Political Theory
Types of Political Theory
Decline of Political Theory
Revival of Political Theory

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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.

POLITICAL THEORY - John Locke

John Locke's greatness as a philosopher is based on his theories on childhood, his work on religious toleration and his concept of the rights of citizens. He helped to make us who we are. If you like our films take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide):

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POS 201: Lecture 1-Political Theory and Political Science

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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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.

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.)

1. An Introduction to Social & Politcial Philosophy

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

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

7. The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle's Politics, I, III

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

The lecture begins with an introduction of Aristotle's life and works which constitute thematic treatises on virtually every topic, from biology to ethics to politics. Emphasis is placed on the Politics, in which Aristotle expounds his view on the naturalness of the city and his claim that man is a political animal by nature.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Aristotle: Plato's Adopted Son
12:45 - Chapter 2. Man Is, by Nature, the Political Animal
30:15 - Chapter 3. The Naturalness of Slavery

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

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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