POLS 011. Ancient Political Thought
Reason, force, and persuasion are central tools of politics. They are also considered and weighed by political philosophers as they write about the best (or best achievable) organization of political life to achieve some goal, and the best chance of making those arrangements endure. Use of each tool tends to reflect particular views about human nature, capacities, and differences. This course explores these and other key concepts of political thought, drawing on major works in the Western tradition, including Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, and Machiavelli.
Eligible for INTP
Fall 2017. Nackenoff.
Fall 2018. Thakkar.
Fall 2019. Thakkar.
Catalog chapter: Political Science
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science
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