POLS 011. Ancient Political Thought (TH)

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.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Eligible for INTP
Spring 2022. Arlen.
Fall 2022. Thakkar.
Catalog chapter: Political Science  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science

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