19th-Century Political Theory: Marx, Mill, and Hegel

Term: Fall 2008

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6397

What can we learn, today, from the great 19th-century master narratives of oppression and rebellion, freedom and justice, and the state of ethical life? Is the discourse of politics about the inexorable progress of history? the underlying, determining phenomena of our material lives? improvement in the quality of our moral ideals? or is it all merely a matter of opinion? The course approaches these and other fundamental questions about human existence in the early 21st century through an extensive reading of such classic texts of radicalism and liberalism as Marx�s early manuscripts and Capital; Mill�s On Liberty, Utilitarianism, and The Subjection of Women; and Hegel�s Philosophy of Right.

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