Classical Political Philosophy is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of political power and the relationships between individuals, the state, and society. It encompasses the works of some of the most influential philosophers in Western history, including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke.

In this article, we will provide an overview of the key topics and themes that are explored in the classical political philosophy syllabus at Delhi University (DU). By breaking down the works of these philosophers into key topics, we hope to provide a comprehensive introduction to this fascinating field of study thriugh our DU Notes.

Topic covered under the Classical Political Philosophy of DU Notes are as follows –

1. Plato


  • Forms
  • Virtue
  • Man as a Zoon Politikon
  • Citizenship
  • Justice
  • State and Household
  • Classification of Governments


  • Vice and Virtue
  • Analyzing Power through The Prince
  • Religion and Morality
  • Republicanism
  • Statecraft



  • Laws of Nature
  • Natural Rights
  • Justification of Property
  • Right to Dissent

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