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SIS-301 Spring 2012 supplemental lecture

March 8th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The diagrams we drew on the board in class this week — and, full disclosure, that’s not the first time I have used such diagrams — seemed to need a supplemental lecture of their own, as we gather our thoughts before diving into Hegel for the week after the break. Accordingly, here’s a supplemental lecture on the differences in modes of authority between Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant. Plus some thoughts on universal Reason.

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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 6

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Lecture 6, Kant. Longer lecture than usual, because with Kant, there is usually a lot more to say.

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SIS 301 Spring 2012 lecture 5

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

Now, after the Vienna interlude, back to our regularly scheduled program: the weekly lectures for SIS-301 “Theories of International Politics.” This week, lecture #5, on Rousseau, in which I suggest that Rousseau is something of a constructivist.

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ECPR PoS lecture 5

February 17th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

And now for the grand finale of “PTJ Live in Vienna 2012”: lecture #5, on reflexive theory. Truth to tell I think I said in this lecture somewhat better what I said in Chapter 6 of the C of I book; the theme is the same but the development is somewhat altered for the better.

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ECPR PoS lecture 4

February 16th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The fourth in the epic series. Today’s topic: mind-world monism and why it isn’t subjectivism or idealism, but instead terminates methodologically in the form of ideal-typical analysis championed by Max Weber (with a liberal dash of Dewey and the later Wittgenstein). Three boxes down, one to go.

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ECPR PoS lecture 3

February 15th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The third in the ongoing series. Today’s topic: philosophical realism, and why it is neither just a modified form of neopositivism nor just a quasi-theological statement about metaphysical objects and their properties.

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ECPR PoS lecture 2

February 14th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The second lecture in my five-lecture series “PTJ Live in Vienna.” But no Grammy for me, at least not this year. Today we have a discussion of Popper, falsification, and the strange hybrid of logical positivism and Popperian falsification that is contemporary neopositivism, plus a quick spin through my four-part typology of methodological positions based on wagers about the mind-world hook-up (philosophical ontology).

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ECPR PoS lecture 1

February 14th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in ECPR | ProfPTJ's Podcasts - (0 Comments)

The first lecture from my European Consortium on Political Research week-long intensive course in the philosophy of science — this is the overview and some initial discussions of Vienna Circle logical positivism. Note that this is a 150mb file both because the lecture is about an hour and a half long — lots to say at the beginning of the class! — and because it’s a .mov file encoded with an MPEG-4 codec (could have been worse, my initial attempt was about 300mb!) rather than the .m4a slides-plus-audio that ProfCast used to be able to make for me. Sadly that technology seems to be too unreliable. But hopefully in the era of fat Internet pipelines the file size will not be too much of a problem.

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SIS-301 Spring 2012 lecture 4

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The fourth lecture for SIS-301 Spring 2012 — this one’s on Locke.

There’s good news and there’s other news. The good news is that I fixed the recording problems from last week, so this file actually plays with intelligible sound. The other news is that I had to completely change my recording set-up, so this file is a .mov rather than a .m4a. It should play in a larger number of players, but the video is a tad lower quality and the file size is much larger. And it’s not chaptered, the way the .m4a files were. That said, it actually works, so overall I think it’s a net gain.

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SIS-301 Spring 2012 lecture 3

February 2nd, 2012 | Posted by ptj in SIS-301 - (0 Comments)

The third lecture of the semester — Hobbes and the Enlightenment project.

UPDATE — there was some kind of a recording error on this version of the lecture, so it’s inaudible for about the first 25 minutes. Sigh. I don’t have the time to re-do it just at the moment so might I suggest that you listen to the older version here, and then maybe catch the last 10-15 minutes of this one which are properly audible.