Wed & Fri 11:30 - 12:50
Meg Mott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
According to Quentin Skinner, political actors face a two-fold problem. On the one hand, they must tailor existing "normative language" to fit their projects, and, on the other hand, they must tailor their projects to fit existing normative language. The history of political theory then is the history of actors creating legitimacy for certain political projects through normative arguments and arguments gaining legitimacy through political action.
From this rich political history, several different schools of thought have emerged, such as utilitarianism, liberalism, socialism, communitarianism, feminism, and libertarianism. We will use debate, forum posts, and short essays to explore these various ideologies and their political implications. The effort will be to make your political actions more persuasive to people with other political preferences. Prerequisite: None
- to gain familiarity with different political frameworks;
- to develop skills in reading theory;
- to argue for a position using political concepts.
|Princeton Readings in Political Thought||Cohen||9780691036892||$49.95|
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