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Revolutionary Ideas: Borders, Elections, Constitutions, Prisons, University of Pennsylvania

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What is the purpose of government? Why should we have a State? What kind of State should we have? Even within a political community, there may be sharp disagreements about the role and purpose of government. Some want an active, involved government, seeing legal and political institutions as the means to solve our most pressing problems, and to help bring about peace, equality, justice, happiness, and to protect individual liberty. Others want a more minimal government, motivated, perhaps, by some of the disastrous political experiments of the 20th Century, and the thought that political power is often just a step away from tyranny. In many cases, these disagreements arise out of deep philosophical disagreements. All political and legal institutions are built on foundational ideas. In this course, we will explore those ideas, taking the political institutions and political systems around us not as fixed and unquestionable, but as things to evaluate and, if necessary, to change. We will consider the ideas and arguments of some of the world’s most celebrated philosophers, including historical thinkers such as Plato, Hugo Grotius, David Hume, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, and more contemporary theorists such as Michelle Alexander, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Bryan Caplan, Angela Davis, Ronald Dworkin, Jon Elster, John Hart Ely, H.L.A. Hart, Michael Huemer, Andrew Rehfeld, and Jeremy Waldron. The aim of the course is not to convince you of the correctness of any particular view or political position, but to provide you with a deeper and more philosophically-informed basis for your own views, and, perhaps, to help you better understand the views of those with whom you disagree....

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por MR

Mar 13, 2016

Although at first I was a bit put off by the speaker's idiosyncratic voice, the content and thought ticklers presented were so good that this course rates a five.

por AG

Oct 13, 2015

Very engaging course. Particularly like the peer reviewed assignments which got one thinking more deeply about the concepts explained in the lectures.

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por José Guerra de Andrade Lima Neto

Oct 29, 2018


por Juan Manuel Cisneros Beltran

Oct 23, 2018

Great course. As Public Affairs professor was very useful in my work.

por Effrosyni Pitsalidou

Jun 19, 2018

Amazing, thought-provoking course! Don't miss it! And make sure you start from part 1 (Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom) - also, make sure that you have a bunch of peers attending it too, otherwise you 'll end up waiting for reviews!

por Alexandre Soares

May 01, 2018

Nice lectures and nice aproach to several issues of the contemporary world.

por John V Tieso

Jun 03, 2017

Great course

por Joy Smith

Feb 03, 2017

Truly interesting. I'd give this 5 stars if it didn't have peer review.

por Rui Marques Pinto

Nov 17, 2016

Excellent course theoric and practical

por Sandra Oldfield

Oct 22, 2016

A though provoking class. I had to struggle to keep up with it sometimes but it was well worth it in the end--all good things are!

por Anirudh Badri

Oct 03, 2016

A very good course to understand the basics of basic political systems. The course testing needs a little work since the peer reviews are not very useful in terms of constructive feedback. I understand that this is something hard to fix due to the difficulty of grading papers individually, but the current system is too ineffective.

por Bart Stuck

Sep 21, 2016

great subject: repeat the class!