PHIL 1920

PHIL 1920

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This course offers a survey of modern political theory in the West.  We will examine some of the persistent dilemmas of political modernity and the attempts of several canonical political theorists to respond to them: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche.  In each case, we will attend to the particular crises these theorists addressed in their work—such as the European wars of religion, the English Civil War, colonialism, the French Revolution, and industrial capitalism—as well as the broader philosophical and political issues they continue to pose to us now.  Our approach will be both historical and conceptual, in other words, with the hopes of providing students with a nuanced but clear understanding of political theory as a distinctive form of political inquiry.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 1615

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16215 PHIL 1920   LEC 001

  • 16216 PHIL 1920   DIS 201

  • 16217 PHIL 1920   DIS 202

  • 16218 PHIL 1920   DIS 203

  • 16219 PHIL 1920   DIS 204

  • 16220 PHIL 1920   DIS 205

  • 16221 PHIL 1920   DIS 206