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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 Jesús R A M

Jun 12, 2020

Muy buen curso. Espero con muchas ganas el próximo.

By Elena G

May 29, 2017

This was a very interesting deep course. Thank you!

By Tamer S

Jun 27, 2021

Amazing Course, Really i enjoyed through all weeks

By Alexia L

Nov 19, 2020

Great course, great teacher and excellent content.

By E Y E 1 V C

Jul 14, 2020

We will know foundations of morailty in high level

By David J

Jul 7, 2020

Excellent course, topical, interesting and useful.

By Ahsan S

May 3, 2020

Great course. Challenges a person to think harder!

By Saphir B D

Oct 23, 2019

Great course and good explanations. Learned a lot!

By Urmila C

Sep 25, 2020

wonderful course, Prof. Ian Shapiro is excellent.

By Danila G

May 20, 2020

High-quality contents, amazing Professor, perfect

By Попова А В

May 7, 2017

Perfect course with a lot of practical knoweledge

By Santiago B B

Nov 26, 2020

Es muy buen contenido y entretenido, recomendado

By Tomás H J

Jun 7, 2020

Excelentes dinámicas de aprendizaje a distancia.

By Chittemsetty y s

Apr 2, 2020

It was a pleasure listening to Prof. Ias Shapiro

By Lucy C

Jul 24, 2019

I love the topic so much! And it is very useful.

By Thania J T C

Nov 4, 2020

Thank you so much for this amazing experience!

By David I S

Oct 31, 2020

Thank you Prof Shapiro for the engaging course!

By Aakash D

May 4, 2020

To the point and learned the core fundamentals.

By Shunyo M

Aug 29, 2019

Great class, GREAT GREAT GREAT Professor!!!!!!!

By Philipp L

Dec 5, 2016

Really nice course - interesting and well made!

By Oscar

Jul 30, 2021

Extremly useful! Thank you for your hard work!

By Avi S

Aug 27, 2020

Fantastic. Extremely engaging and educational.

By Samuele B

Aug 17, 2020

Really, really interesting course. Great work!

By Bakhtiyar S

May 23, 2020

This course helped me to enhance my knowledge!

By Shubhra S

Nov 28, 2021

Most knowledgeable and amazing professor ever