On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe and critically discuss the main points of each political philosopher covered (including Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, and others)
- Analyze the thematic connections between these philosophers and identify points of disagreement.
- Utilize secondary readings to explain and evaluate the key positions explored in the course.
- Develop and communicate sustained argumentation via philosophical writing.
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to key questions in political philosophy through a study of some of its most influential and important figures. The course will examine a number of central questions, including who should rule, what justifies the state, and what should the relationship be between the individual and society? In addressing these questions, the course will introduce students to several prominent thinkers including Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Karl Marx, and others. Students will engage with influential primary readings from each central author, together with selected secondary texts.|