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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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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


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.

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Mar 9, 2019

very good and intresting

By Goh W L T

Jan 8, 2021

Helpful and resourceful

By Jennifer R M

Jun 13, 2021

Interesting and clear.

By B. P k

Jun 22, 2020

very helpful topic

By Francesco M

Mar 10, 2021

Engaging Course!


Jun 16, 2020

very informative

By cmt. s

Oct 17, 2018

good lecture

By Hans H

Sep 26, 2015

Very clear

By fabian c

Sep 1, 2020

well good

By Godwin C M

Apr 23, 2021



Jun 27, 2020

Very Difficult to understand for an amateur. But way of organizing the course is good.


Oct 29, 2020

I think this course has helped me thank you for this course.

By Shivam P

Jun 5, 2019

Its explained well but gets a little boring towards the end.

By Jiayi W (

Mar 10, 2016

Not that interesting

By Aurora S

Jun 16, 2021


By leen a h

Nov 16, 2020

the disadvantages were: there are no written ideas in the background, the black and white video, and the dialogue between the dr. and his students

By James M

Feb 8, 2022

Not interesting

By Heloisa Z C

Sep 8, 2020

The course really didn't follow my expectations at all, I don't think the subject was explained as well as it could have been, there was a lot of potential.

By Firdosh K

May 20, 2020

The content was very poor and difficult to understand. Also, it lacks engagement, especially who is listening.

By Александра И

Nov 21, 2020

I can't get my sertificate!!!!!!

By Bhaskar M

May 20, 2020

Very Poor Content