Fall 2007 not offered
This course examines a number of important 20th-century theories of politics. Major issues include the role of reason in grounding the basic values and principles of our moral and political lives, the moral and conceptual foundations of liberal and civic republican democracy, and critiques of liberalism from communitarian, critical theory, and postmodern perspectives. This course, together with GOVT337 and GOVT338, provides a survey of major Western political theories; at least two of these courses are recommended for students concentrating in political theory.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Alasdair MacIntyre, AFTER VIRTUE (Notre Dame) Michael Sandel, ed., LIMTERALISM AND ITS CRITICS (New York U) Michael Walzer, SPHERES OF JUSTICE (Basic) Jurgen Habaermas, MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND COMMUNICATIVE ACTION (MIT) Friedrich Nietzsche, THE TENEALOGY OF MORALS (Vintage) Michel Foucault, THE FOUCAULT READER (Pantheon) Iris Young, JUSTICE AND THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE (Princeton)
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Three short (5-7) page papers; final.
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The readings listed above are examples of the kinds of texts that will be used. Final selection of texts has not yet been made. Please check with instructor for more up-to-date information.
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