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Political Philosophy - Audio

By Steven B. Smith

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(PLSC 114) This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition. Three broad themes that are central to understanding political life are focused upon: the polis experience (Plato, Aristotle), the sovereign state (Machiavelli, Hobbes), constitutional government (Locke), and democracy (Rousseau, Tocqueville). The way in which different political philosophies have given expression to various forms of political institutions and our ways of life are examined throughout the course. This class was recorded in Fall 2006.

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Steven Smith is a superb lecturer who never talks down to his class--indeed, expects quite a lot from his students, judging by this excellent course. Consistently intelligent and often acerbic. No dumbing down. Masterful pacing. Truly enjoyed the course