Virtue and Glory: Classical Political Theory|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
How shall we think about public life, our "life of common involvements"? This course is a survey of premodern political theories, with attention to their major theoretical innovations, historical contexts, and contemporary relevance. Major themes will include the nature of political community and its relation to the cultivation of virtue, the relation of politics to economics, the origin of the ideas of law and justice, and the relation between knowledge and power and between politics and salvation. Readings will include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, and others.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Aristotle, NICOMACHEAN ETHICS; POLITICS
St. Augustine, CITY OF GOD (selections)
St. Thomas Aquinas, SELECTED POLITICAL WRITINGS
Lerner & Mahdi, eds., MEDIEVAL POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE
|Examination and Assignments: |
A short essay, quiz, mid-term paper, and final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course, together with GOVT338 and GOVT339, provides a survey of major Western political theories, and at least two of these courses are recommended for students concentrating in political theory.