Comparative Political Philosophy|
Fall 2021 not offered
Undertaking "comparative philosophy" means to do philosophy by drawing on multiple philosophical traditions. In this course, we will study key topics in political philosophy, such as the justification of political authority, the legitimacy of public critique of social rituals, and the scope of liberty and rights-from both modern Western and contemporary East Asian perspectives. We will examine potential obstacles to comparative theorizing, as well as benefits that can arise both for currently dominant traditions (e.g., Western liberalism) and for alternatives to liberalism such as Chinese and Korean Confucianism.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Recent books and journal articles on the methods of comparative philosophy and on comparative / cross-cultural approaches to political philosophy, with an emphasis on work relating to contemporary East Asia.
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Regular participation and presentations; one short essay; and one research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While there is no specific prerequisite, this course should not be a student's first exposure to philosophy. Background in Western political philosophy is desirable. In addition, any student without a prior course on Chinese philosophy will be required to attend Chinese Philosophy Bootcamp on a weekend day early in the semester.
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