Chevron Left
Back to Moral Foundations of Politics

Learner Reviews & Feedback for Moral Foundations of Politics by Yale University

3,422 ratings
692 reviews

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....

Top reviews


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


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.

Filter by:

501 - 525 of 688 Reviews for Moral Foundations of Politics

By Lorraine C L

Jun 20, 2020

Deep and enlightening.

By Luis A

Jun 02, 2020

It was a great course!

By Maria T

Oct 10, 2015

Is a very good course.

By Dorcas L

Sep 12, 2020

Highly recommended!!!

By Lobsang R

Aug 20, 2020

It was very enriching


Sep 01, 2020

very engaging course


Aug 02, 2020

un curso excepcional

By Natalia v r

Jun 13, 2020

Excellent proffesor!

By Marcos L D G

May 28, 2020

An excellent course!

By Abdulaziz S B

Dec 03, 2019

That is an excellent

By Tejavath K P

Sep 15, 2020

I have learnt it ..

By Ryan C

Sep 07, 2020

Outstanding course!

By Dilshod M

Feb 04, 2016

Thank you very much


Aug 19, 2020

i love this course

By Euclides J L V

Mar 07, 2018

Amazing subject !!

By Fernando B A

Jun 24, 2016

Gibe me monei plox

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 07, 2019

Excellent course!

By Tarcizio Z

Mar 22, 2018

Excellent course.

By jeewonlim

Jul 02, 2017

superb! Thank you

By Priscilla V

Oct 07, 2015

Excellent course!