Classical Political Philosophy
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPHI 2120
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Philosophy
Description:
This course is concerned with the major concepts through which Western societies have understood the nature of the political. We begin with the Ancient Greeks with special reference to Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics. We then turn to the theological dimensions of Christian political thought, beginning with the epistles of Paul and Augustine’s City of God and leading to Thomas Aquinas’ conception of natural law. Next we explore the process of secularization of political philosophy in the Renaissance, reading Machiavelli’sThe Prince and excerpts from Hobbes’ Leviathan and Spinoza’s Political Theological Treatise.
Course Open to: Majors Only