POLS-Y 381 CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT (3 CR.)
An exposition and critical analysis of the major political philosophers and philosophical schools from Plato to Machiavelli.
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- COLL (CASE) Global Civ & Cultr
- COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inq
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- COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
- COLL (CASE) Global Civ & Culture credit
The course offers a close examination of some of the most important works and themes in classical and medieval political thought. It includes representative selections from Thucydides¿s History of the Peloponnesian War, Plato¿s Republic, Aristotle¿s Politics and Nicomachean Ethics, Cicero¿s On Duties, St. Augustine¿s City of God, St. Thomas Aquinas¿s Summa, and Dante¿s De Monarchia. The course includes a wide variety of texts from five disciplines (political theory, philosophy, history, political science, and religion) It covers different major cultural periods (ancient Greece, ancient Rome, medieval Christianity, and early Renaissance) and spans over 1800 years from 500 BC to 1300s AD. The course will focus on key topics and concepts such as morality, power, laws and constitutions, civic virtue, statesmanship, faith and secular authority, just war, democracy, justice, freedom, and the problem of ¿dirty hands¿ in politics. Special attention will be paid to examining the context in which these authors wrote their works, the main concepts they used, and the implications of their ideas for our contemporary debates. The class will use a combination of lecture and discussions. The requirements include in-class mid-term and final exams, several quizzes, and mandatory class and online discussions on specific themes announced in the syllabus.