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Moral Foundations of Politics

By Yale University via Coursera

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    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    When do governments deserve our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? This course explores the main answers that have been given to this question in the modern West. We start with a survey of the major political theories of the Enlightenment: Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition. In each case, we begin with a look at classical formulations, locating them in historical context, but then shift to the contemporary debates as they relate to politics today. Next, we turn to the rejection of Enlightenment political thinking, again exploring both classical and contemporary formulations. The last part of the course deals with the nature of, and justifications for, democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thinking.

    Length: 24 Hours
    Price: FREE (Add a verified certificate for £36)
    Provider: Yale University via Coursera
    Subject: Governance and Society
    Level: Introductory
    Languages: English
    Instructors: Ian Shapiro

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