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Western Philosophy Intro Reader (the 10 [20] mintue version)

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Irwin DeVries tweeted about looking for a Western Philosophy Intro Reader. This is a ten minute start on that.

From an Open Yale syllabus let's take an initial set of readings "PLSC 114: Introduction to Political Philosophy (Fall, 2006) Steven B. Smith,"


Plato, Trial and Death of Socrates
Plato, Republic
Aristotle, Politics
Machiavelli, The Prince
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Political Writings
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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I'm not sure how copyrightable that list of text is [I doubt is is these are pretty standard/ common knowledge/ but let's cite the above as a starting point]. If we compare the wikipedia article on Political Philosophy. one thing that I notice is that Aquinas and Marx are missing (I can't judge if David Hume should be there as well John Stuart Mill).
Project Gutenberg offers us a bookshelf

but also has available Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes .

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America is at project gutenberg but also at or

An editable version of Rousseau in English seems trickier there's but it's a mess of ads and unclear rights.

Any how that's been 20 minutes and I've a meeting, hopefully this will save someone some time ... this of course isn't the hard part. that comes with selecting and introducing the texts, struggling with old / biased translations, and having enough subject knoweldge to know how to frame the whole thing.