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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 Алексей П

Oct 29, 2020

just exciting. Thank you, proffesor Shapiro and thank you Yale University!

By Brenda A O d S

Jul 22, 2020

It was amazing participate this course. It has been an incredible journey.

By Andrea B A M

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Jan 26, 2021

Managed to learn and have a better insight on the foundation of politics.


Sep 8, 2020

Very informative. Provides enough useful knowledge about modern politics.

By jorge b

Sep 30, 2020

Great course, incredible experience and amazing teaching by Ian Shapiro.

By Edwin G C

Jul 17, 2020

I have learned a lot from this course! Thank you so much Professor Ian.

By Jeyling s

May 30, 2020

Este curso es bastante completo y ademas aprendes de una manera unica .

By Luis M H

Apr 14, 2020

excellent course, lived up to expectations. Let's hope for new courses.

By Michael R C S

Dec 20, 2020

Excelente curso, entretanto, não possui a tradução completa em inglês.

By Cristián G C

Dec 6, 2020

Thank you professor Shapiro for a great start in Political Philosophy.

By Tengku A S

Sep 27, 2020

Hope i could have a direct discussion with you in the future professor

By Martinez D J

Sep 24, 2020

Aprendí muchísimo de este curso. Valieron la pena las horas dedicadas.

By Sweekriti P

Jun 29, 2020

A great course, comprehensive and easy to grasp. Kudos to Prof Shapiro


May 26, 2017

Very good course with a lot of good lectures and a comprehensive view.

By Donald P K

Oct 11, 2015

This helps immensely with my ongoing struggle to understand our world.

By Fathima s

Sep 13, 2020

This course is very useful for every person's future. And Thank you..


May 26, 2021

comprehensive, clear, very interesting, complete, perfect.

thank you

By Ying P

Feb 21, 2021

excellent professor, interesting forum, deep and valuable knowledge!

By Olivia K

Jun 26, 2020

A fantastic, engaging and thoroughly illuminating course. Thank you!

By Ila B

Oct 3, 2015

An amazing course for those without a background in social sciences.

By Peter V A

Dec 8, 2020

Great overview of political and economic theories. Worth your time.

By vijay k u

Jun 1, 2020

This course is very intresting and I learnt a lot.. through this..

By Melissa P

Aug 15, 2018

Loved this course. A great introduction to philosophy of politics.


Apr 22, 2021

Gran profundidad intelectual en todas las clases del Prof. Shapiro