Philosophy | Classics in Social and Political Philosophy
P343 | 9465 | McCarty

NOTE: This class meets second 8 weeks only.  2:30-3:45, M,T,W,R

Philosophers from Plato and Aristotle through Augustine and Aquinas
to Marx and Rawls have struggled to understand society, politics and
government by working to formulate clearly and to answer these sorts
of questions:  Can we set down general conditions, once and for all,
on the constitution of legitimate authority?  Should law embody a
specific morality or provide special protections for a specific
moralilty?  Do human beings have certain political rights naturally
or are all rights granted us consequent to conventions or
agreements?  We will devote our time to reading, carefully and
critically, social and political writing of philosophers from the
ancient,medieval, modern and contempory eras - their best thoughts
on these and related issues - and to analyzing their postions,
approaches and fundamental arguments.

Required Readings: Steinberger, Peter J (ed) Readings in Classical
Political Thought and Wootton, David (ed) Modern Political Thought.
There will also be a xeroxed course pack.

Examinations and Grading:  There will be two written in-class
examinations during the course of the semester and a comprehensive
final examination.  In addition to regular reading assignments from
the required texts, there will also be weekly writing assignments in
essay format, as well as required individual or group
presentations.  Class participation will play an important role in
determining a student's grade in the course.