Winstead PSC 2105 Fall 2011

Winstead PSC 2105 Fall 2011 - Professor Winstead Office...

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Professor Winstead stimmung@earthlink.net Office Hrs: T/T 2:15-3:15 Political Science 2105 10 Office: Monroe Hall, 2115 G St., #419 Spring 2011 WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT I: THE POLITICAL THOUGHT OF ANTIQUITY According to Aristotle, man is a political animal who lives in a political community. What this community should look like, however, has been the object of dispute since the inauguration of political philosophy in Greek antiquity. In this course, we will examine the conflicting visions of political life that emerge in antiquity by reading Greek, Roman, and Christian texts concerned with the problems and promises of politics. As we read these works, we will pay particular attention to the recurrent problems of justice, power, and virtue, and to how these fundamental concepts are invented, contested, and reinvented as different authors attempt to determine the best way to live. In addition, we will address problems such as the role of women and slaves in the political community, and the place of reason and passion in political life. As we investigate these concerns, we will consider their continued relevance for the contemporary political scene. Books available at the Bridge Street Books (2814 Pennsylvania Ave.): Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays (trans. Fagles) Thucydides, On Justice, Power, and Human Nature (trans. Woodruff) Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates (trans. Grube) Plato, The Republic (trans. Bloom) Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (trans. Irwin) Aristotle, Politics (trans. Reeve) Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca (trans. Hadas) Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (trans. Staniforth) Augustine,
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