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Contemporary Political Theory
GOVT 339 FA
This course examines a number of important 20th-century theories of politics. Major issues include the role of reason in grounding the basic values and principles of our moral and political lives, the moral and
foundations of liberal and civic republican democracy, and critiques of liberalism from communitarian, critical theory, and postmodern perspectives. This course, together with GOVT337 and GOVT338, provides a survey of
Western political theories; at least two of these courses are recommended for students concentrating in political theory.
Alasdair MacIntyre, AFTER VIRTUE (Notre Dame) Michael Sandel, ed., LIMTERALISM AND ITS CRITICS (New York U) Michael Walzer, SPHERES OF JUSTICE (Basic) Jurgen Habaermas, MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND COMMUNICATIVE ACTION
(MIT) Friedrich Nietzsche, THE
TENEALOGY OF MORALS (Vintage) Michel Foucault, THE FOUCAULT READER (Pantheon) Iris Young, JUSTICE AND THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE (Princeton)
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Three short (5-7) page papers; final.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
The readings listed above are examples of the kinds of texts that will be used. Final selection of texts has not yet been made. Please check with instructor for more up-to-date information.
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