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POLS 142 – History of Political Thought

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Modern political thought from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Prerequisite: POLS 041.

Section Description: This course is the second semester of a two-semester survey of the history of Western political theory. During the fall semester we will studied a number of primary texts from this tradition, beginning with ancient Greek writers (Plato and Aristotle), moving to ancient Biblical sources, and finishing with a Roman (Cicero) and two early Christian thinkers (Augustine and Aquinas). In the second semester, we read early modern and moderns authors, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke Rousseau, Burke, Marx and Nietzsche.

CRN: 14790

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 41/41

Days Time Location
TR 10:05 - 11:20 LAFAYETTE HALL L302

Instructor(s): Robert Pepperman Taylor

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020