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Political Theory

POL 210

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This introduction to political theory will examine different conceptions of the ends of politics, and the means to achieving those ends. In particular, we will be concerned with two problems central to politics. What is the relationship between politics and truth? But the public authority is also a system of power that obliges us and has the threat of force behind it. What justifies this power? In discussing these questions, we will come to understand key concepts: truth, power, violence, authority, equality, liberty, justice, and identity. Readings include, Plato, Augustine, Hobbes, Mill, Marx, Rousseau, Beauvoir, Du Bois, Fanon and Arendt.
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  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P99
  • Status: C
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  • Class Number: 41364