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Republics, Kings and People: The Foundations of European Political Thought from Plato to Rousseau

HS1107


Value: one unit

Teaching:

Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars

Assessment:

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.
   
 
 
 

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