POE-250 Introduction to Political Philosophy

An introductory survey of western philosophical ideals regarding political economy. In this course we examine the major philosophies in western political economy through careful reading and analysis of short excerpts of original or translated texts starting with Plato, then going through Locke, Smith, Mill, Burke, Marx, Lenin, anarchists, fascists, contemporary liberals, conservatives, democratic socialists, fundamentalists, various views of feminists and environmentalists. Students do daily written analyses of the reading before class then engage in Socratic dialogue with the professor. There is very little lecture


3 credits