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About the Course

When do governments deserve our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? This course explores the main answers that have been given to this question in the modern West. We start with a survey of the major political theories of the Enlightenment: Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition. In each case, we begin with a look at classical formulations, locating them in historical context, but then shift to the contemporary debates as they relate to politics today. Next, we turn to the rejection of Enlightenment political thinking, again exploring both classical and contemporary formulations. The last part of the course deals with the nature of, and justifications for, democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thinking. In addition to exploring theoretical differences among the various authors discussed, considerable attention is devoted to the practical implications of their competing arguments. To this end, we discuss a variety of concrete problems, including debates about economic inequality, affirmative action and the distribution of health care, the limits of state power in the regulation of speech and religion, and difficulties raised by the emerging threat of global environmental decay....

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Jul 1, 2020

The lectures are easy to understand, the reading materials informative. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and any beginner will be able to grasp the technicalities of Moral Politics after this Course.

Sep 16, 2015

excellant work dont by Dr Ian Shapiro and staff on putting such a mind turning,thought provoking MOOC on a complex and ever controversial subject known as POLITICS!..I hope to see more from them soon

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By Andreas N

May 13, 2020

Very fruitful course for those who want to know about the role of philosophy in politics.

By Mario O

Feb 24, 2020

Excellente course, it helped me to refresh and gain new knowledge about the enlightenment

By Cynthia M

Sep 8, 2018

Helpful grounding in politics and philosophy, especially relevant in these chaotic times.

By Hadeel N

Feb 21, 2016

The Professor is absolutely magnificent. I am enjoying every minute of these discussions.

By StephenH@47

Aug 11, 2020

Has really helped me put names to some of the great ideas of politics -- and vice versa.

By Soha K

Aug 9, 2020

An amazing course, with thorough, well-explained concepts! I couldn't recommend it more!

By Ho C W

Oct 20, 2020

Liberating course in understanding the moral foundations that ground politcal theories!

By Trang T N K

Aug 15, 2020

The format of the video really facilitates engagement rather than just passive learning

By Larry C M

May 26, 2020

Very interesting and engaging course. The modules were well constructed and organised.

By Arthur M

Jun 21, 2019

Enlightening course - this course allows me to appreciate the different value systems.


Jul 6, 2020

Sensational! Good for beginners and those already studying political science. Thanks!

By Adriana A W

Nov 30, 2017

This is a very good course, I truly recommend it. Professor Shapiro is a great tutor.

By Megana M

Dec 29, 2020

Ian Shapiro is a profoundly influential thinker. Informative and challenging course!

By Nayereh D

Dec 8, 2020

the best and most time-worthy online course I have ever taken. Very well structured.

By Pradip M

Nov 5, 2020

Deals with important Political Thinking

People first policies are critically analysed

By Patricia M S

Oct 10, 2020

Excelente Course. Well structured, clear teaching and great content. Opened my mind.

By Maria E P R

Jun 7, 2020

It is a great course! I was able to understand very clearly more about the politics!

By Mateo G B

May 5, 2020

Excelente curso, profesor muy didáctico a la hora de dar las clases. Mucha sabiduria

By Max B

Nov 16, 2019

The best course I've ever taken. I highly recommend it! Thanks to Professor Shapiro.

By Lancelot L

Apr 17, 2017

It is awesome course for beginners to get a clear general idea of political science!

By Clare F

Apr 11, 2021

Great course. Thought provoking, very well presented, guided readings. Excellent.

By Paweł J Z

Mar 13, 2016

Clearly brings out what you have often known intuitively if you are into politiscs.

By Thomas T

Aug 20, 2020

Excellent teaching and content, and the first course I ever took with a NY mobster

By Cliff M

Oct 15, 2017

Very educative ,informative ,it helps one to undestand the foundations of politics

By Tim B

Oct 12, 2020

This is a good course on political theory from the enlightenment to current times