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Political Philosophy - Video

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.

Customer Reviews

Steven B. Smith Is Thirsty

1. Loved every lecture

2. Didn't have to take notes and still remembered everything relevant (could've passed the exams with ease)

3. Lack of emotion and him being utterly rigid took a star away from this review

4. The man is obviously very thirsty (he must love coffee).

In conclusion, the man is very knowledgeable, but the lack of emotion and personality prevent this course from being PERFECT...

Excellent Introduction

I listened to this course recreationally, having read all of the material covered in it over the years. The instructor's delivery is very well structured for consuming the information. This may not seem important, but my background is in math and science where many of the instructors are not teachers. Overall, very good.


this was a very rewarding experience. Thank you Prof Smith. I learned a lot.