Prerequisite: Nil.

This course introduces students to some of the basic problems of political philosophy such as the nature of political obligation, the source of state and legal authority, and the grounds of civil and human rights. A variety of theoretical approaches will be examined, with an emphasis on the contrast between modern and pre-modern theories. Authors studied may include Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Shakespeare, Hume, Kant, Rousseau, Mill, and others.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.