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The Social Contract
 

The Social Contract
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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The Republic
by Plato

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The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli

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by Plato
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The Republic is a Socratic dialogue by Plato, written in approximately 380 BC. It is one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory, and arguably Plato's best known work.

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by Niccolo Machiavelli
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Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine writer Niccolò Machiavelli, originally called "De Principatibus" (About Principalities).

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by Frederic Bastiat
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The Law is one of the most important books ever written on the uses and abuses of law.

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by Steven B. Smith
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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.

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by Henry David Thoreau
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Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's primary essay on how to interact with Government. Here the author argues that a citizen must always uphold conscience over what is prescribed by law.

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by Philip C. Bobbitt
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Columbia law professor Philip C. Bobbitt for a discussion of his new book on Machiavelli, "The Garments of Court and Palace."

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by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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The Social Contract outlines Rousseau's views on political justice, explaining how a just and legitimate state is to be founded, organized and administered.

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by John Locke
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The Two Treatises of Civil Government is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. The First Treatise is an extended attack on Sir Robert Filmer's Patriarcha, which argued for a divinely-ordained, hereditary, absolute monarchy.

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by Thomas Hobbes
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Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil is a book written in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. The book concerns the structure of society (as represented figuratively by the frontispiece, showing the state giant made up of individuals).

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by Ian Shapiro
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This course explores main answers to the question, "When do governments deserve our allegiance?" It starts with a survey of major political theories of the Enlightenment.

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