Political Philosophy

Derek A. Leben, Political Philosophy, Spring 2016

Course Description

This course is concerned with the origin and justification of a state. What is it that justifies a state enforcing its laws and taking taxes from citizens, especially those who do not agree with these laws and taxes? What type of state is best, and who should control it? We will discuss Plato, Hobbes, Mill, Wolff, and other theorists (through Sandel).

Required Texts:

-Republic by Plato
-Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
-Justice by Michael Sandel
-On Liberty by J.S. Mill
-In Defense of Anarchism by Robert Paul Wolff
-The Second Treatise on Government by John Locke

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Political Philosophy, Spring 2015

Course Description

This course is concerned with the origin and justification of a state. What is it that justifies a state enforcing its laws and taking taxes from citizens, especially those who do not agree with these laws and taxes? What type of state is best, and who should control it? We will discuss Plato, Hobbes, Mill, Wolff, and other theorists (through Sandel).

Required Texts:

-Republic by Plato
-Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
-Justice by Michael Sandel
-On Liberty by J.S. Mill
-In Defense of Anarchism by Robert Paul Wolff

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