Faber-GOVT231-Spring08Syllabus - Department of Government...

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Department of Government and Political Affairs GOVT 231.01 Introduction to Political Theory TR 4:00-5:15 PM McComsey 206 Professor Michael Faber Spring 2008 TELEPHONE/E-MAIL Campus: 871.2454, 872.3550 E-Mail: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS, FULTON 206 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM (MTWR) By Appointment Introduction The study of politics has a long history in Western philosophy. Humanity’s concern with the best possible government and society has existed as long as the society and government which it evaluates. Few if any questions raised by political theory over the years have been satisfactorily resolved; most of those questions recur throughout history and are still with us today. The dilemmas faced by Socrates in ancient Greece still resonate in twenty-first century America. In this course, we will examine the history of philosophy, evaluating many of the arguments made across time and space. We cannot examine everything, but we will read works by a great variety of writers, looking to draw out parallels and connections between them. We will not explore many of these writers in much depth, but you will have the opportunity to consider several of them more closely through written course assignments. We will consider some of the perennial questions of political philosophy, and some of the answers given to those questions over time. Course Structure The class will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 until 5:15, in McComsey room 206. Out of courtesy to the rest of the class, please do not arrive late. Most days will have required reading, listed under the day’s topic in the schedule below, which should be attempted before arriving at class. All classes will be heavily discussion- based, so students should be prepared to participate in class discussions. Questions are encouraged, and will help
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