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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
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