Nov 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

PL 4600 - Modern Political Philosophy

(PS 4600 )
After a brief survey of ancient and medieval political approaches, this course will examine the main political theories since the 16th century concerning the nature of human beings, and how they should live together in society. It will also look at the implications and influence of these theories for the modern state and its problems and questions, especially concerning the origin and development of democracy in the U.S. Issues covered will include: forms of political arrangement; natural rights; social contract theory; individual rights vs. the common good; freedom of speech; pluralism; religion and the public square; justice and equality in modern democracy. Readings for the course will be taken from outstanding, influential political philosophers including Cicero, Aristotle, Plato, St. Thomas Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, the Founding Fathers of the U.S., Burke, Mill, Marx, Rawls, and contemporary authors.

Prerequisite: PL 3100  or PL 3150 .