Political Science | Classical Political Thought
Y381 | 15790 | Dalecki

Throughout this course we will survey foundations of Western
political thought from the times of Plato (4th century BC) to the
decline of the Middle Ages.  Two broad issues  the vision of a
perfect society and the rules of human order  will be the themes of
our analysis.  We will look at the major texts in ancient and
medieval political thought (journeying a bit into the Renaissance)
with an eye on two recurrent motifs:

(1) 	How the writers of the past responded to the challenges of
their times and how the events they studied and/or witnessed
influenced their ideas and philosophies; and
(2) 	How relevant their beliefs are to our thinking about
politics and political life in general.

The course is, therefore, designed to touch upon notions that are
both historical and contemporary in nature: to comprehend the key
theoretical concepts that, while originated in the oft-forgotten
past, have shaped the climate of political discussions in the
subsequent eras, and to engage in a critical and civilized dialogue
about politics and a general condition of Homo sapiens.