Philosophy - The Great Political Philosophers

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Course description

A course in political philosophy in Sydney.

This course of seven two hour sessions is a general introduction to political philosophy in the western tradition.

It deals with the big issues in political philosophy by examining the theories of the great political philosophers from Plato through Hobbes, Rousseau , John Stuart Mill, Marx and into the great modern thinkers such as John Rawls and Habermas. Key ideas about the nature of society, of the state, of government, of citizens and the interaction between all these are explored.

The course will consider the basic political philosophies – including liberalism, social democracy, the welfare state, the New Right and socialism. The current political and economic crises of society are also discussed, as well as theories for their resolution. The course is very helpful for the understanding of current Australian politics and socity.

No previous knowledge of philosophy is assumed.

Course content
  • Plato and the philosophical state
  • Hobbes on avoiding the brutish state of nature
  • John Locke on the right can Private Property
  • Rousseau on the general will and real democracy
  • Kant on respect for persons and human rights
  • John Stuart Mill on liberalism and freedom from state tyranny
  • Karl Marx on alienation and the capitalists state
  • John Maynard Keynes on the rise of the welfare state
  • John Rawls on social justice and equity in the modern state
  • Habermas on the crises in the modern state
  • Charles Taylor on the multicultural state

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Course testimonials:

  • Being able to converse with people who may not have the same ideas or thoughts as you. To understand what political philosophy is all about.