Introduction to Political Thought
Instructor: Elizabeth Markovits
Course Dates: May 27 – July 2, 2014
Class Meeting Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 – 11:45 am
This course examines major texts in the history of political thought by considering how each of the authors approached questions about the role of truth in political life. We will see the ways in which their perspectives also contribute to broader discussions about justice, freedom, democracy, authority, and equality. By the end of the course, students should be able to discuss major themes and ideas in the history of political philosophy, as well as their relation to historical trends and events. This engagement will also encourage students to hone their own understanding of the contemporary political world and practice analytical thinking about politics. Thinkers include Plato, Machiavelli, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, and Arendt.