2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Liberty, Equality, Authority: Modern Political Philosophy

Spring 2014 quarter

Stephen Beck philosophy
Fields of Study
philosophy and political science
Preparatory for studies or careers in
This program will be excellent preparation for further study in philosophy, history, political economy, and more broadly the humanities and social sciences; it will also prepare students for work in government or law. 

Individual liberty and equality among all people are the ideals that drive nearly all modern political philosophy. These ideals raise for us the problem: By what right does any government have power over people? What could constitute legitimate political authority ? In this program, we will read classics of modern political pihlosophy, including works by Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Mill, as well as some contemporary sources that extend as well as challenge the views of earlier thinkers. Students will also engage in research into contemporary political issues in connection with a political theory we study. Credit will be awarded in political philosophy.

Advertised Schedule
6-10p Wed, 10a-5:30p Sat (Apr. 5, 19, May 3, 17, 31)
Schedule and Location
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During
Evening and Weekend