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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 Emiliano C

Jul 22, 2020

Fantástico! Muy recomendable.

By David E M

Sep 23, 2018

Excelente curso, muy completo

By Ochara

Jul 14, 2020

Comprehensible and friendly.


Jul 12, 2020

i give this five out of five

By Burcu O

May 31, 2020

Thank you Professor Shapiro.

By Fernanda P

May 16, 2020

Highly recommend, thank you!

By Muhammad j a

Apr 22, 2020

Great course about politics.

By Érica C B M F

Sep 02, 2019

Very special and spetacular!

By Min S S

Dec 12, 2015

A great course for everyone.

By deepshikha

Jun 04, 2020

Brilliant course structure.

By Hridika R T

May 17, 2020

great learning opportunity.

By Mohan C

Mar 16, 2016

Clear and thought-provoking

By Marcelo A

Nov 11, 2015

extremamente enriquecedor !

By Gabriella M L B

Sep 19, 2020

Shapiro is amazing!!!!!!!!

By Sim J Z

Sep 16, 2020

It was great! learnt a lot

By Consuelo M A S

Sep 15, 2020

muy intenso e interesante!

By Irshad r

Aug 11, 2020

It was a wonderful course.

By Emin H

Apr 24, 2020

I love this course so much

By Srividhya L

Jan 17, 2020

A great beginner's course.

By Armughan A

Sep 16, 2019

messaive conceptual course

By Paul M

Feb 20, 2019

This course is a must try.

By Justin R

Jan 17, 2018

An absolutely great class.

By Ilana Z A

Dec 26, 2017

A very interesting focus!

By Qianhui S

Mar 06, 2016

My favourite course ever!

By Kharingyo S

Dec 14, 2019

Very interesting course!