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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 Shubhra S

Nov 28, 2021

Most knowledgeable and amazing professor ever


Feb 8, 2021

Materials are relevant and not too difficult!

By Sathyajith M 1

Sep 30, 2020

Stunning course. Just really worth your time.

By Juan C M C

Sep 21, 2020

Excelente curso, riguroso y completo.


By Lim K B J

May 18, 2020

Great course on rights of government to rule.

By Leyla M

May 3, 2020

It was such an interesting course! Thank you!

By Tan J L

Dec 29, 2017

Concise, incisive, structured and well-paced.

By Jose M B F

Feb 18, 2021

Probably the best online course you can find

By Paula C V R

Dec 1, 2020

Excellent! I enjoyed it and was very helpful

By Gabriel G Y J

Jul 3, 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 9, 2018

Thanks for a great course and course format.

By Raihaan M

Sep 15, 2021

ian was amazing the lectures were fantastic

By Anna L S

Apr 28, 2017

Amazing course, would definitely recommend!

By Mary O

Sep 16, 2016

Excellent content, excellent format. Bravo.

By Huzaifa M S

Jan 2, 2022

One of the best courses I have ever taken.

By Alberto A

Jul 9, 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 1, 2020

Brilliant course! Thank you Prof. Shapiro!

By Helena N

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 :)


Apr 30, 2021

an interesting and useful course. Thanks!

By Rubén G G

Oct 18, 2020

Excelente curso. Gracias Profesor Shapiro