Harvard University Summer School
Summer
1999

Government S-10

Introduction to Political Philosophy

4 units
1-3:30 pm

Steven M. Young

Central questions of political philosophy will be addressed in this course. What is justice? What is freedom? Are there any natural rights? Can politics be shaped by moral principles? What makes a government legitimate? Is there a general obligation to obey (or sometimes disobey) the state? Possible answers will be sought in the works of major political philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Marx. No philosophical background is assumed.


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