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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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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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Absolutely loved the course design, structure and content! Prof. Shapiro's lectures were always engaging and enjoyable. The readings were also perfectly chosen and added great value to the course.

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Dec 13, 2020

çok teşekkürler

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Oct 6, 2020


By Deivis P

Sep 23, 2020

excelente curso

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By Marina Z B

Sep 7, 2020

Excellent class

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Aug 26, 2020

amazing teacher

By Deleted A

Jul 23, 2020

Excelente curso

By Wen W

Mar 21, 2020

cool instructor

By AH29

Sep 25, 2016

A great course!

By Minisha T

Jun 17, 2016

very good class


Jun 1, 2023

Well explained

By Jean M P

Jan 28, 2022

Great course!

By Basil M

Sep 13, 2020

Awesome Course

By Tan K S

Jul 3, 2020

It's very good

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Apr 24, 2020

muy buen curso

By Mohit k

Mar 12, 2019

content awsome

By Caroline M

Nov 9, 2015

Awesome course

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By Arijit A

Jul 2, 2023

great course.

By Richard L

Jul 21, 2022

very thorough


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By Hritwik M

Mar 13, 2021

great course!

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Feb 6, 2021

Great course!

By Thalia M

Jan 30, 2021

Great course!