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PSCI 0810 / HIST 0810 / PHIL 0810 Political Philosophy I: Plato to Machiavelli - only offered Autumn 2018

[Please note: This seminar is offered for the Autumn 2018 semester. It is not offered in Spring 2019. Each seminar runs only subject to sufficient student demand.] The purpose of this course is to show how thinkers have analysed and justified the role and existence of the state, and to consider various theories of government. Based on the study of primary sources in translation, it also examines the philosophical and historical backgrounds of the various thinkers and how these affect their political thought. This term starts with Greek thought, and ends with the use made of classical political thought by Machiavelli.

Sample topics:

Plato, The Republic

Aristotle, Politics

Cicero, On Duties (On Obligations)

The influence of the Bible on medieval political thought

Augustine, City of God

Carolingian political thought

John of Salisbury, Policraticus

Aquinas's political thought

Dante, On Monarchy

Machiavelli, The Discourses

Please note:

This seminar is offered for the Autumn 2018 semester. It is not offered in Spring 2019

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