2. Socratic Citizenship: Plato's Apology

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Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) The lecture begins with an explanation of why Plato's Apology is the best introductory text to the study of political philosophy. The focus remains on the Apology as a symbol for the violation of free expression, with Socrates justifying his way of life as a philosopher and defending the utility of philosophy for political life. - Chapter 1. Introduction: Plato, Apology - Chapter 2. Political Context of the Dialogue - Chapter 3. Accusations Leveled Against Socrates - Chapter 4. Clouds: Debunking Socrates' New Model of Citizenship - Chapter 5. The Famous Socratic "Turn"; Socrates' Second Sailing Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

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