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Political Science

History of Political Thought III: Liberty, Democracy, and Revolution

Political Science 393 - Spring 2020

How, if at all, should the political institutions of the modern state express and secure the liberty and equality of citizens? What is the political significance of private property? Is world history to be understood as progress towards one best form of government - capitalist democracy, perhaps, or communism? What forces drive history? We shall address these and other timeless political questions through close reading and rigorous analysis of classic texts in the history of Western political thought. Authors to be studied will include Kant, Hegel, Marx, Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, and Nietzsche. Prerequisite: one previous course in political theory or political philosophy. The course is designed to be the third in a three-semester sequence on the history of political thought, and students are encouraged but not required to take the courses in chronological sequence.
Course Attributes: EN SBU BAAS SSCFA SSCAR SSC

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History of Political Thought III: Liberty, Democracy, and Revolution
INSTRUCTOR: Gardner
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