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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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Sep 17, 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


Jul 02, 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.

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By Marina Z B

Sep 07, 2020

Excellent class

By Reynelle J O G

Aug 27, 2020

amazing teacher

By William D B S

Jul 24, 2020

Excelente curso

By Wen W

Mar 21, 2020

cool instructor

By AH29

Sep 25, 2016

A great course!

By Minisha T

Jun 17, 2016

very good class

By Basil M

Sep 13, 2020

Awesome Course

By Tan K S

Jul 03, 2020

It's very good

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Apr 24, 2020

muy buen curso

By Mohit k

Mar 12, 2019

content awsome

By Caroline M

Nov 09, 2015

Awesome course


Jul 27, 2020

Good to learn

By Jeeshan k

Dec 10, 2019

its very good

By Uri

Sep 26, 2019

Excellecnt !!

By Jan S

Feb 10, 2018

Great course,

By Nicolas H

Oct 21, 2016

Great course.

By Jan P

Jun 01, 2016

Good to know.

By I m C

Sep 06, 2015

So interested

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Aug 11, 2019

great course

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Jun 25, 2020

good course