Political Theory

CAS PO 391 Classical and Early Modern Political Theory
A substantive, nonhistorical study of the principal political ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Machiavelli, and the Protestant reformers. Also offered as CAS PH 453, Theories of Political Society.

CAS PO 392 Modern Political Theory
Intensive study of the political philosophy of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Classes are generally a combination of lecture and discussion but will also include formal debates, guest lectures, and films.

CAS PO 393 The European Enlightenment
Survey of the intellectual and social transformation of Europe from the 1680s to the French Revolution. Readings draw on both eighteenth-century sources (including Voltaire, Diderot, Condorcet, Lessing, Smith, and Hume) and recent work by historians.
Also offered as CAS HI 314.

CAS PO 591 Seminar in Political Philosophy
An in-depth study of a major political philosopher or topic in political philosophy. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

CAS PO 592 Enlightenment and Its Critics
Explores how eighteenth-century criticisms of the Enlightenment have been taken up by twentieth-century thinkers such as Heidegger, Horkeimer, Adorno, Gadamer, and Foucault; discusses recent defenses of Enlightenment ideals of reason, critique and autonomy by Habermas and others. Also offered as CAS HI 514.

GRS PO 791 Approaches to the Study of Political Theory
Graduate Core Seminar. Three questions are central to the field that is called “political theory”: What is the purpose of government? What is the purpose of political philosophy? and What is the relation between government and political philosophy?

CAS PO 796 Ethics and the Use of Force
Acquaints students with the great debates in the ethics and law of war, and examines how the resort to and conduct of war is, or is not, circumscribed by normative concerns.