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Political Philosophy
PHIL 278
Spring 2018
Section: 01  

Political philosophy addresses fundamental questions about the basis and purpose of human association and community. What is the role of justice in human affairs, and what makes a set of social arrangements just? What is political freedom, and is it compatible with equality? What is the source of our ideas about law and punishment? What are the conditions of the legitimate exercise of power? We will cover three basic units: (I) Ancient, (II) Early Modern, and (III) Revolution and Radicalism. In the first, we will discuss early Greek conceptions of justice and political organization. Next, we will look at the period from roughly 1500-1780, when new ideas about political power, human nature, equality, and natural law emerge. Here we will focus on the work of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Finally, in the third unit, we will consider the way in which the three major revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century--in the U.S., France, and Haiti--constitute a horizon for contemporary political thought. These revolutions hold out the promise of an unfinished "social revolution" in class organization (Marx), but also of liberation from racism, patriarchy, and other forms of oppression.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HRAD-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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