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POLI 3607 Historical Dimension of Modern Political Theory (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Through a careful study of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, G.W.F. Hegel’s Philosophy of World History, and Friedrich Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals, the class will investigate the meaning and significance of history for our social, political, moral, and religious lives. The course will be guided by three questions: (1) Is the turn to the historical a critique or an extension of Enlightenment ambitions? (2) Does an emphasis on the importance of history change how we understand the relation between philosophy and politics? (3) If history determines certain human possibilities, how should we understand the classical distinction between nature and custom?


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul T. Wilford

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course is restricted to juniors and seniors. Students must have previously taken PO021/POLI1021 How to Rule the World or PO041/POLI1041 Fundamental Concepts of Politics.


Last Updated: 15-Feb-16