What Is the Good Life?|
Fall 2017 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Work, political participation, friendship, art, and justice: These are the components that political philosophers have long thought to be components of a life well lived. How do these practices shape our identity and relationships with others? How do they contribute to a thriving society? How have theorists changed our understandings of these core concepts over time? What happens when they come into conflict? This course will use these five categories to understand what the "good life" means from ancient, modern, and postmodern perspectives.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Aristotle, NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
Rousseau, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT
Marx, ON THE JEWISH QUESTION
Nietzsche, THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA
Arendt, THE HUMAN CONDITION
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four short papers (4-6 pages), midterm exam, class presentation, final paper (10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course is an upper-level seminar with intensive philosophical reading and writing. It is strongly recommended that you have taken a course in philosophy or political theory (e.g. GOVT 159).