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Provider: Yale University


This online lecture 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.

The following 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).

Yale University

Teacher: Professor Steven B. Smith
Provided by: Yale University
Course language: English
Fees: free course
Level: beginner
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Format: video lecture

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