Modern Political Theory

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Course Number: 
PSCI 181 920
Instructor: 

KIM, JUMAN

Course Description: 

This course provides a survey of some of the key thinkers and concepts in modern political thought and will acquaint students with a range of conflicting views within the Western tradition. We will read and discuss many of the great European political theorists from the Renaissance through the beginning of the 20th century, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Weber. Close readings of the texts will allow us to discuss enduring questions regarding freedom, equality, legitimacy, property and political economy, liberalism, and pluralism. A key set of questions we will ask is: what is modernity, what is modern about modern political thought, and how might this inform our understanding of politics today?

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