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    Aug 03, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend taking PST with Professor Boyd. He is an engaging, exciting lecturer with plenty of interesting stories to share (he does talk very fast though, so be prepared). He deviated slightly from a typical political philosophy syllabus, which usually concentrates on the classicists, enlightenment thinkers and more recent thinkers such as Nietzsche. In addition to Aristotle, Machiavelli and Hobbes, Boyd also assigned readings from Joseph Mazzini, the Bible and Maus, a graphic novel about the Holocaust. All of these selections provided a basis for analyzing the major thematic questions of political philosophy: who governs, and by what authority; how should power be divided; who is allowed to have legitimacy in a society; by what standards should government and society be run, and who decides, etc.

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    All of these texts provided a basis for analyzing the major thematic questions of political philosophy: who governs, and by what authority; how should power be divided; who is allowed to have legitimacy in a society; by what standards should government and society be run, and who decides, etc. Of course, the highlight of this class is that Boyd attempts draw analogies between these scenarios and the modern American political system, pop culture or his personal life, all of which result in hilarious, sometimes relevant--but always entertaining-- tangents.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take the time to complete the readings Professor Boyd assigns. Though some of them may be unusual selections for a political philosophy course, they're worth reading, especially the less mainstream texts (i.e. Mazzini, the graphic novel "Maus", etc.)

    • Spring 2016
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading

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