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Course : Introduction to Political Philosophy
Posted by : YaleCourses
Date posted : Jan 01, 1970
Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) The lecture begins with an introduction of Machiavelli's life and the political scene in Renaissance Florence. Professor Smith asserts that Machiavelli can be credited as the founder of the modern state, having reconfigured elements from both the Christian empire and the Roman republic, creating therefore a new form of political organization that is distinctly his own. Machiavelli's state has universalist ambitions, just like its predecessors, but it has been liberated from Christian and classical conceptions of virtue. The management of affairs is left to the princes, a new kind of political leaders, endowed with ambition, love of glory, and even elements of prophetic authority. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Video of "The Third Man" 02:20 - Chapter 2. Introduction: Who Was Machiavelli? 15:33 - Chapter 3. "The Prince": Title and Dedication of the Book 21:52 - Chapter 4. The Distinction between Armed and Unarmed Prophets 26:10 - Chapter 5. Good and Evil, Virtue and Vice Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2006.