Lecture 24 - In Defense of Politics

author: Steven B. Smith, Department of Political Science, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Jan. 4, 2010,   recorded: December 2006,   views: 3169
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This final lecture of the course is given "in defense of politics." First, the idea and definition of "politics" and the "political" are discussed with reference to the ideas of Immanuel Kant and twentieth-century political scientists, novelists, and philosophers such as Bernard Crick, E. M. Forster, and Carl Schmitt. Patriotism, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism are also addressed as integral parts of political life. Finally, the role of educators--and "old books"--is discussed as essential to developing a proper understanding of the political.

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Comment1 nasir, May 11, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.:

an excellent articulation and logical expression of political in today's confused international system.
you are absolutely right we need good political teachers to educate the teacher and till then we may refer to the classic literature and try to understand the text in the real intention with which it was written. all political philosophers have some part of the truth. if we keep collecting this truth one day we as humanity will reach the collective and ultimate truth.
let me add one thing from my side that may be there is no truth, we just need to appreciate the other's truth as we desire respect for our's. in understanding others no matter whether we agree or disagree, we may learn to live together in more peaceful manner. knowledge with objectivity and higher morality ( cosmopolitan) can help us do this seemingly difficult job.
May God Bless you for sharing such a wonderful lecture.

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