Wednesday, February 16, 2011
PLSC 114: Introduction to Political Philosophy
I have to report yet another enthralling Open Yale course: Steven B. Smith's Introduction to Political Philosophy. Smith covers some of the highlights of the political thought of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Tocqueville. His lectures, like those in every Open Yale course I have so far listened to so far, are clear and superbly organized. Moreover, Smith exhibits more than just enthusiasm for his subject (though enthusiasm would have been enough); listen to him, and you find yourself in the presence of someone who positively reveres his subject.