Politics 213: Writing Political Philosophy

This writing-centered course introduces students to the social sciences in general, and to the study of politics and the approach of political philosophy in particular. The primary work of the course will consist of close reading and interpretation of Plato, Epicurus, Thomas More and Michel Montaigne, original exponents of influential philosophical systems, who employ distinctive literary genres. Their contrasting conceptions of individuality and community will be discussed, and the contemporary implications of these differences for ethics and politics explored.

 


Plato


Epicurus


More


Montaigne

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