welcome syllabus - WELCOME TO THIS CLASS AND WELCOME TO MY...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
WELCOME TO THIS CLASS! AND WELCOME TO MY OFFICE HOURS! TUESDAY 4:30 - 6:30 BUNCHE 4238 We are going to study the foundations of Western political theory. What is political theory? Political theory is made of ideas. These ideas respond to historical events, such as revolutions; they inspire policy, social struggles or reforms; and they motivate people to make choices, on all sort of issues.What is at stake in political theory is very practical! It was the case in classical Athens, in Renaissance Florence, at the time of the English, or the French, or the American, or the Industrial revolution. It is true for us, today, more than ever. We shall read a selection of political theorists from Plato to the present; we will take them in significant pairs, will place them in contrast with each other; and will examine their vision of a few basic dilemmas that have always been at the core of politics: nature and the Law; violence and cooperation; expediency and justice; pleasure and pain; good and evil. We shall see how these recurring questions have received different responses; how these responses form a tradition of thought that unfolds from the Ancients to the Moderns. Even contemporary political theorists
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern