We human beings are strange animals...the one and only political animals. Why do human beings alone organize ourselves into political regimes and govern ourselves with laws? How should we order our political communities so as to encourage the flourishing of our distinctive nature? Explore questions such as these with aid of great thinkers from Plato to Alexis de Tocqueville.
Fall: FYW: Happiness, Persuasion, and Politics
the first-year writing seminar graduation
requirement) This class will consider the nature of human happiness and the proper order of our political communities. It will also introduce students to classical rhetoric, the art of persuasion and teaching which stands at the crossroads of our common and individual quests for the good.
Spring: POL 103: Introduction to Political Thought (which fulfills the Ultimate Questions GER) considers the comprehensive political questions: justice, the best regime, and the good human life. With the help of some of the great texts of political philosophy, this course explores the enduring philosophical problems - the meaning of virtue and happiness, the origins of legitimate authority - toward which our everyday political disagreements point.