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POLS 201 Classical and Medieval Political Thought

3 s.h.

An investigation of the political and philosophic thought of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as of pre-modern Europe, with attention paid to the theoretical innovations of key theorists, the historical contexts in which those thinkers developed their arguments, and the broader political and moral significance of their works. The course will focus particularly on participatory democratic politics in the ancient Athenian polis and the responses of Plato and Aristotle to democracy. Roman politics and Christian political theology will also be examined, as will attempts by late Roman and medieval thinkers to synthesize classical and Christian principles. Thinkers examined may include Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Pizan, and philosophical innovations and traditions. Offered irregularly. (LA)

Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. POLS.

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