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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 Nandha G

Jul 29, 2019

Very interesting course

By Andres H

Mar 20, 2017

This course is awesome!

By Asif S B

Oct 4, 2015

Ian Shapiro is amazing!


Jun 4, 2021

Extremely Satisfied,”

By Lorraine C L

Jun 20, 2020

Deep and enlightening.

By Luis A

Jun 2, 2020

It was a great course!

By Maria T

Oct 10, 2015

Is a very good course.

By Cherrie W S

Oct 11, 2020

interesting module !!

By Dorcas L

Sep 12, 2020

Highly recommended!!!

By Lobsang R

Aug 20, 2020

It was very enriching


Jun 18, 2021

Dankeschön Für Alle.

By suraj k s

Apr 21, 2021

Very useful coursera

By Lamiya M

Feb 8, 2021

So great! Thank you!

By Krisee P

Sep 1, 2020

very engaging course


Aug 2, 2020

un curso excepcional

By Natalia v r

Jun 13, 2020

Excellent proffesor!

By Marcos L D G

May 27, 2020

An excellent course!

By Abdulaziz S B

Dec 3, 2019

That is an excellent


Feb 12, 2021

Thank you Coursera!

By Tejavath K P

Sep 15, 2020

I have learnt it ..

By Ryan C

Sep 7, 2020

Outstanding course!

By Dilshod M

Feb 4, 2016

Thank you very much

By Elser L Y

Sep 10, 2021

V​ery informative.


Dec 26, 2020

I love this course

By Kerry C

Oct 27, 2020

Interesting module