Introduction to Political Philosophy


Same as Political Science 175 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. An intensive comparative examination of the nature and enduring problems of political philosophy through the confrontation, interpretation, and normative assessment of classic texts from the Greek polis to the present. Selected theorists and their arguments and beliefs within the Western political tradition concerning justice, the good life, freedom, community, power, authority, and others. Careful attention to the ways argument and rhetoric operate in texts of political philosophy, as well as diverse modes of interpretation.
Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • SS
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring