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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 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


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.

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By Joe L

Oct 29, 2020

I am a better American, thanks

By Terryutah U

Oct 25, 2020

Great lecture very informative

By Rafael G M S M

Jul 11, 2020

Greaat Content! Great teacher.

By Nicolás G

Jun 21, 2020

Excelente curso

Excelent course

By Constance B

Nov 19, 2015

Excellent introductory course.

By Lim Q H

Jan 12, 2021

Educational and enlightening.

By Arka J M

Aug 28, 2020

It was awesome learning here.

By Thamires C V D

Aug 9, 2020

Great course!! I learn a lot.

By Emiliano C

Jul 22, 2020

Fantástico! Muy recomendable.

By David E M

Sep 23, 2018

Excelente curso, muy completo

By Seba V

Jan 17, 2021

Extraordinario e inspirador.

By Marius D

Dec 5, 2020

The professor was brilliant!

By Ochara

Jul 14, 2020

Comprehensible and friendly.


Jul 11, 2020

i give this five out of five

By Burcu O

May 31, 2020

Thank you Professor Shapiro.

By Fernanda P

May 16, 2020

Highly recommend, thank you!

By Muhammad j a

Apr 22, 2020

Great course about politics.

By Érica B

Sep 2, 2019

Very special and spetacular!

By Min S S

Dec 12, 2015

A great course for everyone.

By wang j

Dec 12, 2021

I think it is very helpful.

By Dion C

Jan 28, 2021

Insightful and interesting!

By Chris B

Nov 11, 2020

A very Mind-opening course.

By deepshikha

Jun 4, 2020

Brilliant course structure.

By Hridika R

May 17, 2020

great learning opportunity.

By Mohan C

Mar 16, 2016

Clear and thought-provoking