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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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Wonderful course. All political developments are taught in a chronological way. Professor is very engaging. Its not live any other course but more of a discussion between students and professor.


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Extremely insightful, interesting and engaging, coming from a person that has shallow knowledge of the world of politics. well paced and easy to follow with well-structured quizzes for each week.

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By Sonia S M C

Oct 7, 2019

Excellent course!

By Tarcizio Z

Mar 21, 2018

Excellent course.

By jeewonlim

Jul 1, 2017

superb! Thank you

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Oct 6, 2015

Excellent course!

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Jul 11, 2023

Brilliant course

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Mar 17, 2023

excellent course

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Nov 25, 2021

Perfect course!

By Siti K

May 24, 2021

very good course

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Mar 16, 2021

Excelent course!

By Christine M G

Oct 19, 2020

very informative

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May 24, 2020

very good videos

By Jose C

Mar 22, 2019

Preeeeeetty good

By Luís G S

Mar 7, 2019

Shapiro is GREAT

By Winston L R d F

May 29, 2017

Excelent course!

By Gabriella F d S

May 15, 2017

Amazing course!!

By Marcio E

Nov 30, 2015

Excelent Course.

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Mar 9, 2024

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Feb 1, 2024

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Jan 6, 2023

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By Roxelis T J

May 27, 2022

muy bueno curso

By Katherine L

Oct 14, 2021

amazing program

By Thomas R P

Jun 20, 2021

Gostei muito!!!