Contemporary Political Philosophy

Term: Fall 2011

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6424

This course will consist of:(i) a critical encounter with the two dominant positions in mainstream political philosophy: liberalism and republicanism; and(ii) a discussion of the resources available in more radical traditions of political thought, anarchism and socialism.We will pursue these themes though a number of issues that are central in contemporary political life. These will include:(i) the relationship between religion and politics ('secularism');(ii) multiculturalism & citizenship;(iii) social inequality and politics;(iv) freedom and the reach of the state;(v) human rights and imperial projects.

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