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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 02, 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 17, 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 Gabriel G Y J

Jul 04, 2020

Interesting course of foundation of politics

By Hassan A A

May 11, 2020

A very nice and beautiful course thank you

By Richard H

Apr 09, 2018

Thanks for a great course and course format.

By Anna L S

Apr 28, 2017

Amazing course, would definitely recommend!

By Mary O

Sep 16, 2016

Excellent content, excellent format. Bravo.

By Alberto A M

Jul 09, 2020

A perfect tool for satisfy your curiosity!

By Michael A

Jun 16, 2020

Very good course. My son is taking it now.

By Maria M

May 02, 2020

Brilliant course! Thank you Prof. Shapiro!

By Helena N M

Mar 15, 2020

¡Muy buen curso! Muy completo, me encantó.

By Abhimanyu G

Oct 21, 2019

Thanks a lot for this enlightening course!

By Opara E C

Nov 23, 2015

very interesting and an interactive course

By Khaled A

Aug 19, 2015

One of the best courses I registered to :)

By Rubén G G

Oct 18, 2020

Excelente curso. Gracias Profesor Shapiro

By César M

Sep 21, 2020

Excellent course, definitely recommended.

By Lana

Jun 13, 2020

Powerful and brilliantly led and thought!

By Jorge I R

Sep 27, 2019

Thank you this was an awesome experience.

By Rafael A

Feb 05, 2018

One of the best courses in this plataform

By Tesfaldet G G

Oct 16, 2017

interesting topics with great instructor

By Dylan R

Nov 09, 2015

Great breadth of detail. I learned a lot.

By Yao J P B k

Oct 06, 2020

i adored this course, thank you for all!

By Ketevan K

Jul 09, 2019

Amazing course and an amazing professor!

By Richard D V

Feb 06, 2017

One of the best MOOCs I've ever had. :-)


Sep 28, 2020

thank you coursera and yale university!

By Филиппов А А

Jul 05, 2020

The best ever course on political ideas


Jun 03, 2019

A very nice course. Highly recommended.