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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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May 13, 2020

This course is also helpful you know basics or the foundation of political science

By Harsha S R

May 14, 2020

overall a most comprehensive course on the foundations of politics!


Jul 12, 2020

very interesting course to introduce you to the idea of politics

By Sophea C

Mar 29, 2016

It help me to understand about political situation and analysis.

By Geetika G

Jul 31, 2020

I honestly enjoyed the entire course, it was quite insightful.

By Diego M G

Sep 1, 2020

Me encantó el curso. Me hubiera gustado aprender mucho más.


Apr 10, 2020

Very Nice Course. Clear Understanding About Politics.

By Louis A

Aug 11, 2019

Very in depth and fruitful, I enjoyed it very much.

By Shirley K

Jul 4, 2020

great course,taught me some things I didn't know

By Ruoshi C

Aug 22, 2017

The video is too short. I was expecting more.

By Joy S

Apr 9, 2018

good info, quizzes of reasonable difficulty

By Syed F R

Oct 15, 2016

Covers the basics. Quite Good.


May 27, 2020

such a good course to learn


Jul 26, 2020

good for politics students

By Abhishek T

May 10, 2021

professor ian is so good


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!

By Pourush D

Jun 16, 2020

very informative

By Chanmyae T

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