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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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Aug 19, 2020

i love this course

By Euclides J L V

Mar 7, 2018

Amazing subject !!

By Fernando B A

Jun 24, 2016

Gibe me monei plox

By Ferran F

Nov 15, 2021

c​urso excelente.

By Chew Y X

Dec 28, 2020

Excellent course!

By Dimitrios M

Dec 27, 2020

Very good courses

By Josh S

May 27, 2020

Very good course.

By Gadde V

May 26, 2020

very good lecture

By koussay a

May 23, 2020

thank you so much

By Chapuller D A

Dec 24, 2019

Excellent course!

By harshit u

Dec 10, 2019

productive course

By Sonia S M C

Oct 7, 2019

Excellent course!

By Tarcizio Z

Mar 21, 2018

Excellent course.

By jeewonlim

Jul 1, 2017

superb! Thank you

By Priscilla V

Oct 6, 2015

Excellent course!

By Роман Р

Nov 25, 2021

P​erfect course!

By Siti K

May 24, 2021

very good course

By César Q C

Mar 16, 2021

Excelent course!

By Christine M G

Oct 19, 2020

very informative

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Jun 14, 2020

excellent course


May 24, 2020

very good videos

By Jose C

Mar 22, 2019

Preeeeeetty good

By Luís G S

Mar 7, 2019

Shapiro is GREAT

By Winston L R d F

May 29, 2017

Excelent course!