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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,"

Texts:

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 http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Philosophy_(Bookshelf)

but also has available Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3207 .

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America is at project gutenberg but also at https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/t/tocqueville/alexis/democracy/complete.html or http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html

An editable version of Rousseau in English seems trickier there's http://www.constitution.org/jjr/polecon.htm 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.