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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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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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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 FREDDY F F S

Aug 28, 2023

Excelente material. Muy fácil de comprender

By Joy S

Apr 9, 2018

good info, quizzes of reasonable difficulty

By Syed F R

Oct 15, 2016

Covers the basics. Quite Good.

By N.SATHYA V I 1 V C

May 27, 2020

such a good course to learn

By B.VEGESH

Jul 26, 2020

good for politics students

By Abhishek T

May 10, 2021

professor ian is so good

By HIMANSHU R

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 1

Jun 16, 2020

very informative

By cmt. s

Oct 17, 2018

good lecture

By Deleted A

Sep 26, 2015

Very clear

By fabian c

Sep 1, 2020

well good

By Godwin C M

Apr 23, 2021

Good

By SAI P

Jun 27, 2020

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

By MADHUMITA L 2

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

dde

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