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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 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.


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

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By John H

Jul 03, 2020

Exceptionally clear presentation of concepts. Well paced with relatable examples.


Sep 22, 2020

Dear Professor Shapiro and Yale University

thank you so much for the opportunity.

By Virginia M

May 15, 2020

My highest appreciation to this course of Professor Shapiro.

From a PhD candidate

By Mohamed H D S

Jun 16, 2018

one of the most compelling courses about politics that you can ever find online.

By Ronaldo C d O J

Oct 05, 2020

Wonderfull course, with a brilliant teacher. I acquired so much more knowledge.

By Mok R Y

Jul 29, 2020

Great Course! I loved the interactions between the students and the professor!

By Zeytuna S

May 21, 2020

Very informative and useful for students whose major is international studies.


May 03, 2020

It was a very interesting course.I've learned a lot in a short period of time.

By Madeleine A S

Sep 15, 2017

Great course- interesting subjects, well explained and engaging language used.

By Teddy S

Sep 18, 2015

Very engaging and to-the-point approach to philosophy, economics and politics!

By João M M L

Sep 02, 2015

Great course! I`ve been learning a lot from it. Many thanks Professor Shapiro.

By cristia s

Mar 24, 2017

It was a great. Thanks for the knowledge that I have acquired in this course.

By Samuel K O

Aug 14, 2015

Excellent Course , Phenomenal exposure to Contemporary Debates and theories !

By Faisal Q I

Jul 14, 2020

Absolutely love this course. The best course so far I have done in coursera.

By Mário H G S

Dec 20, 2017

Great. I had read the book before, twice. And I really recommend the course.

By sirius d

Nov 10, 2015

Very Good! The course have given me a new angle of view to my country China.

By Hippocrates N

Sep 16, 2015

Opened a new field of knowledge for me. Thank you for your time and efforts.

By Nicol�s Z

Sep 27, 2020

es un curso que toda persona debería hacer como ciudadano de cualquier país

By Tomas S

Apr 17, 2020

Fantastic educational introduction into politics and the thought behind it.

By James N

Feb 10, 2016

This course has been a great development in my law and human rights carreer

By Nariman N

Oct 10, 2015

Brilliant course, I pretty much enjoyed of everything!

Thank you very much!

By Brenda A O d S

Jul 22, 2020

It was amazing participate this course. It has been an incredible journey.


Sep 08, 2020

Very informative. Provides enough useful knowledge about modern politics.

By jorge b

Oct 01, 2020

Great course, incredible experience and amazing teaching by Ian Shapiro.

By Edwin G C

Jul 17, 2020

I have learned a lot from this course! Thank you so much Professor Ian.