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PSCI 0030 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

This course explores the development of western political thought from its Greek foundations through to the late Middle Ages. A historical overview of the progress of central political concepts is allied to a close reading of particular authors, with reference to the ways in which political thought related to broader philosophical, cultural and religious concerns.

Sample Topics:

  • Plato, Republic
  • Aristotle, Politics
  • Cicero, De Re Publica, De Legibus
  • Augustine, City of God
  • John of Salisbury, Policraticus
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae
  • Dante, De Monarchia
  • Marsilius of Padua, Defensor pacis
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Gabrielle Linnell, Spring Semester 2012, Wellesley College