POLSCI 301 - Development of Political Thought: To Modern Period
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will explore varieties of political thought from its origins in the early distinction between nature and convention in ancient Athens to the emerging problem of political obligation at the end of the sixteenth century in Europe. As we develop an understanding of the various theories and how they build on or reject previous views, we will consider how fundamental assumptions concerning Nature, the basis of knowledge (epistemology), the existence of God, the status of the individual lie at the foundation of any coherent political theory concerned with problems of justice, equality, and the best political regime. Readings include Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, and Luther among others.

This course is in the Political Theory subfield.

Course Requirements:

In addition to reading the assigned texts and participating in class discussions, there will two mid-term exams and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students interested in Political Theory

Class Format:

Recitation meets twice a week for 1 1/2 hour each time.

POLSCI 301 - Development of Political Thought: To Modern Period
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 9780226921846
Aristotle's Politics., Author: translated and with an introduction, notes, and glossary by Carnes Lord., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9780801485749
Four texts on Socrates : Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito, and Aristophanes' Clouds, Author: Plato and Aristophanes ; translated with notes by Thomas G. West and Grace Starry West ; introduction by Thomas G. West., Publisher: Cornell University Press Rev. ed. 1998
ISBN: 0226500446
The Prince, Author: Niccolo Machiavelli ; translated and with an introduction by Harvey C. Mansfield., Publisher: The University of Chicago Press 2nd ed. 1998
ISBN: 0393314677
The Republic, Author: Plato ; translated by Richard W. Sterling and William C. Scott., Publisher: W.W. Norton Norton pbk 1985
ISBN: 0393090949
The nature of things, Author: Lucretius ; translated by Frank O. Copley., Publisher: Norton 1st ed. 1977
ISBN: 9780199540112
The republic ; and, the laws, Author: Cicero ; translated by Niall Rudd ; with an introduction and notes by Jonathan Powell and Niall Rudd., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 1593080913
The history of the Peloponnesian war, Author: Thucydides ; translated by Richard Crawley and revised by Donald Lateiner ; with an introduction and notes by Donald Lateiner., Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics 2006
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