PS374 - 790:374:01 45438 01 Democratic Political...

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790:374:01 45438 01 Democratic Political Philosophy, Spring 2009 TTH 7:40-9:00 MU-210 CAC Jonathan McFall jomcfall@yahoo.com mcfall@rci.rutgers.edu Office hours: Immediately following class on Thursday (9:00-10:00) and by appointment THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. READINGS WILL ALMOST DEFINITELY BE ADDED AND/OR ALTERED AS THE COURSE PROGRESSES. BRING THIS SYLLABUS TO EVERY CLASS! Course description: In modern political philosophy and in contemporary debate, the word “democracy” is often invoked as the very ground of political legitimacy. There is very little agreement, however, on what democracy means or on how it is embodied by institutions and laws. This class will introduce students to various historical manifestations and theories of democracy. These texts will provide the groundwork for discussions involving the normative meaning of democracy and its relationship to the rule of law. Also, throughout the course, we will apply what we have learned to contemporary debates involving democracy. The following questions are among the questions that we will explore: What historical conditions favor the implementation of democracy? Is there such a thing as democratic virtue? What are the relationships between democracy and republicanism, liberalism, and Marxism? Do rights undermine democracy or are they a necessary precondition for democracy? Does capitalism change the character of
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