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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 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!

By Gabriella F d S

May 15, 2017

Amazing course!!

By Marcio E

Nov 30, 2015

Excelent Course.

By Pedro A M C

Jan 6, 2023

This was grate.

By Roxelis T J

May 27, 2022

muy bueno curso

By Katherine L

Oct 14, 2021

amazing program

By Thomas R P

Jun 20, 2021

Gostei muito!!!

By Sabahattin G

Dec 13, 2020

çok teşekkürler

By Leslie C H

Oct 6, 2020


By Deivis P

Sep 23, 2020

excelente curso

By Michael G

Sep 21, 2020


By Marina Z B

Sep 7, 2020

Excellent class

By Reynelle J O G

Aug 26, 2020

amazing teacher

By Deleted A

Jul 23, 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 Jean M P

Jan 28, 2022

Great course!

By Basil M

Sep 13, 2020

Awesome Course