Republics, Kings and People: The Foundations of European Political Thought from Plato to Rousseau
Value: one unit
Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars
Best 2 Essays out of 4 (30%)
and 2-hour Exam (70%)
This course investigates
the origins of our ideas about human rights and duties, revolution and
democracy, consent and liberty, etc. A number of key writings are studied:
ranging from Plato and Aristotle in the ancient world to Machiavelli, More, Hobbes, Locke and
the Enlightenment in the transition from the early modern to the modern world.
Analysis of the development of fundamental ideas about politics and society
through these examples sharpens the mind and throws light upon the present in
the perspective of the past.