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Ch 3: Major Political Thinkers

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Get information on great political theorists and their ideas in these video lessons. Look at the ideas of Plato, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, among others.

Major Political Thinkers - Chapter Summary

Let our instructors tell you about important political thinkers and their works in these video lessons. You will learn about Plato's and Aristotle's political philosophies. Other lessons look at the competing views of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, the influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's work and the ideas of Baron De Montesquieu. After completing these lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Summarize the ideas detailed in The Republic by Plato
  • Recognize the impact of Aristotle's political ideas
  • Explain the theories of Hobbes and Locke
  • Analyze Rousseau's political thoughts
  • List the accomplishments of De Montesquieu and describe his philosophies

Our instructors are all experts in the field, and the lessons they've created are both entertaining and enjoyable. Each lesson is followed by a short multiple-choice quiz that allows you to test your knowledge. Video timelines make it easy to return to certain points in the lesson if you want additional review. The lessons also come with written transcripts so you can read along with the instructor if that's how you learn best.

5 Lessons in Chapter 3: Major Political Thinkers
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The Republic by Plato: Summary & Explanation

1. The Republic by Plato: Summary & Explanation

What is justice? Is it a concept based on the behavior of humans individually, or is it an all-encompassing concept without variation for all mankind? This lesson reviews what Socrates and friends had to say about justice in ''The Republic.''

The Impact of Aristotle's Political Philosophy

2. The Impact of Aristotle's Political Philosophy

Aristotle was one of the most influential scholars in human history, and he contributed to dozens of academic disciplines. Explore his impact on political philosophy, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

3. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most important philosophers of the Enlightenment period. Learn about his important works, his main ideas, and how he influenced other philosophers, movements, and governments in this lesson.

Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

5. Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

In this lesson we will learn who Baron de Montesquieu was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze his works and the impact they have made on legal philosophy and modern-day constitutional law.

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