2020 Courses

  • Winter Session 2020 course rosters will be available in late September.
  • Summer Session 2020 course rosters will be available in November.

Course description

This course offers a survey of modern political theory in the West. We will examine some of the persistent dilemmas of political modernity and the attempts of several canonical political theorists to respond to them: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. In each case, we will attend to the particular crises these theorists addressed in their work--such as the European wars of religion, the English Civil War, colonialism, the French Revolution, and industrial capitalism--as well as the broader philosophical and political issues they continue to pose to us now. Our approach will be both historical and conceptual, in other words, with the hopes of providing students with a nuanced but clear understanding of political theory as a distinctive form of political inquiry.

Although not a prerequisite, can be taken in sequence with GOVT 3626.

Classes

Summer 2019: Ithaca campus

Section ID:PHIL 1920 001-LEC
Number:1139
Class dates:June 24-July 12, 2019
Days/times:M-F 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM 165
MW 3 PM - 4:15 PM 165
Location:Ithaca campus
Credit:4
Related:PHIL 1920 201-DIS
PHIL 1920 202-DIS
PHIL 1920 203-DIS
PHIL 1920 204-DIS
Related:Cross-listed with GOVT 1615 001-LEC

Summer 2019: Ithaca campus

Section ID:PHIL 1920 201-DIS
Number:1140
Class dates:June 24-July 12, 2019
Days/times:M-F 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM B16
TR 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM B16
Location:Ithaca campus
Credit:0
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Moon, A. (am63)
Max. enroll:5
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in PHIL 1920 001-LEC
Related:Cross-listed with GOVT 1615 201-DIS

Summer 2019: Ithaca campus

Section ID:PHIL 1920 202-DIS
Number:1141
Class dates:June 24-July 12, 2019
Days/times:M-F 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM 145
TR 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM 145
Location:Ithaca campus
Credit:0
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Moon, A. (am63)
Max. enroll:5
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in PHIL 1920 001-LEC
Related:Cross-listed with GOVT 1615 202-DIS

The PHIL 1920 203-DIS section of this course has been canceled.

The PHIL 1920 204-DIS section of this course has been canceled.

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