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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 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 5, 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 9, 2015

Great breadth of detail. I learned a lot.


Oct 6, 2020

i adored this course, thank you for all!

By Ketevan K

Jul 9, 2019

Amazing course and an amazing professor!

By Richard D V

Feb 6, 2017

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


Sep 28, 2020

thank you coursera and yale university!

By Александр Ф

Jul 5, 2020

The best ever course on political ideas


Jun 3, 2019

A very nice course. Highly recommended.

By Sauvik B

Feb 8, 2018

The course has been really informative.

By Monzer M A

Jan 30, 2021

PERFECT Explaining and good materials.

By Kyriaki K

Feb 19, 2021

Very engaging and interesting course.

By Patricia M G d l T

Nov 8, 2020

The best course that I have ever took


Sep 29, 2020

This course was very useful for me ..

By Xaraglynti T R

Sep 25, 2020

Great course for political aspirants.

By Christian E L R

Aug 24, 2020

Great Course Thanks Proffesor Shapiro

By Vedank M

Aug 8, 2020

great course the professor is amazing


Jul 15, 2020

A highly engaging, worthwhile course.

By Aryan C

Jun 24, 2020

Thank you. That is all I have to say.

By Valter B d S

Jun 1, 2020

Excelente curso

Parabéns a toda equipe

By Roderick M

Apr 5, 2017

Great Course Thanks for the Education

By LingChun L

Jan 8, 2017

very thoughtful and informative class

By Prateek A

Nov 6, 2021