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Published on Mar 4, 2011

Foundations of Modern Social Thought (SOCY 151)

Professor Szelenyi introduces the course to the students. Then he introduces each social thinker we will cover in the course: Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Smith, J.S. Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Weber, and Durkheim. He provides an overview of their biographies, their major works, and their major contributions.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: An Interdisciplinary Approach
14:36 - Chapter 2. Hobbes: The Troublemaker
19:07 - Chapter 3. Locke's Separation of Powers
21:50 - Chapter 4. The Adventurous Life and Work of Montesquieu
27:00 - Chapter 5. Rousseau: The Renaissance Man
34:17 - Chapter 6. The Two Adam Smiths
37:58 - Chapter 7. Mill's (Revisionist) Utilitarianism
40:51 - Chapter 8. The Well-Known Marx
41:51 - Chapter 9. Nietzsche: The First Post-modern Theorist
43:12 - Chapter 10. Brief Overviews on Freud, Weber and Durkheim

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Fall 2009.

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