Online Course Description
This course introduces students to political philosophy by studying the writings of some of its greatest contributors: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant. Topics we will explore include the ancient city-state, the modern nation-state, constitutional government, democracy, freedom, rights, justice, power, the public sphere, and the nature of political action and judgment. Emphasis will be placed on the normative principles that motivate preferences for various political regimes, especially the concepts of personhood and agency. We'll also use what we learn from these thinkers to anallyze the three most important political tendencies of the modern world: nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and populism.
WHAT YOU WILL GET
- Live video call and screen sharing with Frederick Dolan
- Schedule a call at a time convenient for you
- Prior to session you will be able to get in touch with Frederick Dolan to explain your background and what you are trying to achieve
- Prior to session, Frederick Dolan will provide list of resources and materials needed to prepare for session
- You will be able to cancel a class and get a refund up to 24h before the scheduled session
- Moneyback guarantee
I’m Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning my Ph.D. at Princeton in 1987 I taught at Berkeley for the better part of two decades, in the Department of Rhetoric – then something of a wildlife preserve that sheltered scholars in many fields including literature, film, intellectual history, law, politics, and sociology as well as philosophy. Partly as a result, I’ve worked on a variety of topics over the years, including political and moral philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, hermeneutics, and American politics and culture. Topics of recent courses include the concept of art, the concept of the political, the meaning of life, and philosophy & film. I’m a strong believer in liberal education and the study of the great books of the Western canon, but I also have an abiding interest in the religion, art, and literature of India, China, and Japan (only in translation, sadly).
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