Steven B. Smith
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Steven Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Yale since 1984 and is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and has been Master of Branford College since 1996. He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science, Director of the Special Program in the Humanities, and Acting Chair of Judaic Studies. His research has focused on the history of political philosophy with special attention to the problem of the ancients and moderns, Jewish philosophy, and theories of constitutional democracy.

His best known publications include Hegel's Critique of Liberalism (1989), Spinoza, Liberalism, and Jewish Identity (1997), Spinoza's Book of Life (2003), Reading Leo Strauss (2006), and most recently The Cambridge Companion to Leo Strauss (2009). He is currently working on a book dealing with the statecraft and political thought of Abraham Lincoln. In his future work he hopes to focus on the political thought of the Bible and the literature of the Jewish-American experience.

He has received several academic awards and prizes, but is most proud of receiving the Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences in 2009. He is a die-hard Yankees fan and hopes to be able to play for the team in the next life.


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flag Lecture 1 - Introduction: What Is Political Philosophy?
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flag Lecture 2 - Socratic Citizenship: Plato, Apology
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flag Lecture 3 - Socratic Citizenship: Plato, Crito
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flag Lecture 13 - The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan
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flag Lecture 4 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato, Republic, I-II
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flag PLSC 114 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
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flag Lecture 11 - New Modes and Orders: Machiavelli, The Prince (chaps. 13-26)
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flag Lecture 12 - The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan
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flag Lecture 15 - Constitutional Government: Locke, Second Treatise (1-5)
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flag Lecture 18 - Democracy and Participation: Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality (author's preface, part I)
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flag Lecture 17 - Constitutional Government: Locke, Second Treatise (13-19)
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flag Lecture 20 - Democracy and Participation: Rousseau, Social Contract, I-II
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flag Lecture 10 - New Modes and Orders: Machiavelli, The Prince (chaps. 1-12)
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flag Lecture 7 - The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle, Politics, I, III
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flag Lecture 14 - The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan
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flag Lecture 16 - Constitutional Government: Locke, Second Treatise (7-12)
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flag Lecture 21 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America
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flag Lecture 5 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato, Republic, III-IV
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flag Lecture 23 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America
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flag Lecture 19 - Democracy and Participation: Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality (part II)
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flag Lecture 6 - Philosophers and Kings: Plato, Republic, V
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flag Lecture 24 - In Defense of Politics
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flag Lecture 8 - The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle, Politics, IV
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flag Lecture 9 - The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle, Politics, VII
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flag Lecture 22 - Democratic Statecraft: Tocqueville, Democracy in America
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