Political Science | History of Political Theory I
Y381 | 3566 | Chabot


	What is Apolitics?@  What do individuals owe to the state, and vice
versa?  What would a Ajust@ state look like, and what would we have to do to
attain it?  These are among the questions that have preoccupied political
theorists for centuries.  This course is designed to look in some depth at
the answers given by ancient Greek, medieval Christian, and Renaissance
political philosophers.  Accordingly, readings will include works by
Sophocles (Antigone and Oedipus), Thucydides, Plato (Republic), Aristotle
(Politics), Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli (The Prince and the
Discourses), and Thomas More.
While the books we will be reading are by authors long dead, I am convinced
that the ideas in them have an important bearing on the way we understand
our own politics.  Thus, lectures and class discussions will have a
distinctly modern outlook.  Discussion is an important part of this course
(and a likely part of the grade), so you should plan to attend class
regularly.  Reading assignments will average 100 pages per week.  Grades
will be assigned on the basis of two short (5-6 page) papers and two exams
(a midterm and a comprehensive