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Lecture 2

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Ivanka Knezevic

Class OutlineCourseSOCB42H3YLecture 12052010Topic Political philosophy of premodern timesKey educational goalsoutcomes for todayUnderstand basic characteristics of history and philosophy that influenced the development of sociologyUnderstand Platos and Aristotles opposing views of politics and its potential to approach the truthIdeal universal truth hated Socrates bc he hated aristole because he was against universal truth no universal truth doxa can be made truthfulPlato HATED doxaPhilosophers like platoDefine idealism and materialism Define the concept of the philosopher king and understand why Plato thought that a state governed by philosophers would be better than any otherReadingsArendt Hannah 2004 1990 Philosophy and Politics Social Research 71 3 427454Questions to guide the readingto think about ahead of time for studentsDid Greek philosophers want to influence political life of their societies or not How did the relationship between philosophy and politics change later in historyWhat is rhetoricHow did Plato see the relationship between truth and opinion How did Aristotle see that relationshipWhat is the role of philosophers in Platos ideal societyWhat are ideas in Platos philosophyForms of the goodAGENDA FOR CLASSAnnouncementsStructure of the test and the examIntroductionToday we look briefly at history and philosophy two branches of knowledge that preceded sociological attempts to explain social phenomena You should remember that although they differ from sociology in types of explanation and demand for systematic evidence philosophical ideas continue to influence sociology As we continue the course
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