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PHIL 2284 Political Philosophy (Summer: 4 )


Course Description

The goal of this course is to reflect philosophically on the question: What does it mean to belong to a political community? Exploring this question will involve asking other questions, including, What are my obligations towards others and their obligations towards me? What is nature of a law? Should it be obeyed? Always? We will pursue these questions in conversation with the authors and primary texts of political philosophy. We will begin by examining the classic texts by Plato and Aristotle and the ideas of community and virtue that animate the Greek polis. Next we will turn to the Realpolitik of Machiavelli and Hobbes, as well as the responses of Locke and Rousseau. Finally we will conclude with a selection of contemporary authors including Martin Luther King. Throughout the course we will put our readings in conversation with contemporary issues regarding political belonging and participation, e.g., debates about immigration and the refugee crisis as well as the ethics of voting.


Instructor(s): Gregory Floyd

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 10-Mar-16