Political Thought to the Sixteenth Century
This course is designed to allow you to study in-depth some great political philosophers who wrote before the 16th Century. Emphasis will be placed on students' interpretation of their works, developing thoughtful analyses and hypotheses about them, and applying students' findings to contemporary and timeless political questions. Graduate students should meet with me as soon as possible to formulate a plan for additional research.
Plato, The Republic , Trans. GMA Grube, 2nd Edition, Hackett Publishing Co.
In addition to regular attendance and participation, the requirements for the course are:
Participation 50 Points
Midterm: 100 Points
FINAL EXAM DATE/TIME:
a. "Introduction," and introductory material in Ch. 1, Arnhart, pp. 1-12.
b . “What is the political lesson of the trial of Socrates?” Arnhart, pp. 12-15.
Ancient Political Thought
Plato, The Republic , Trans. GMA Grube, Hackett (as assigned).
Political Questions, Arnhart, pp. 18-36, (as assigned).
Political Questions , Arnhart, pp. 39-61, (as assigned).
Aristotle, Politics , Trans CDC Reeve, Hackett (as assigned).
“The Political Realism of Christian Theology: Augustine's City of God ,” Arnhart, pp. 65-83.
Augustine, The City of God , excerpts (online).
Marie de France, The Fable of a Man, His Belly, and His Limbs, Readings in Medieval Political Theor,y pp. 24-25
John of Salisbury , Metalogicon and Policraticus , Readings in Medieval Political Theory, pp., 26-63.
a. “The Formation of Medieval Political Culture,” Readings in Medieval Political Theory , pp. 1-16.
c. “Natural Law: Thomas Aquinas's ‘Treatise on Law'.” Arnhart, pp. 85-103.
Marsiglio of Padua , “The Defender of the Peace,” Readings in Medieval Political Theory, pp. 173-199.
William of Pagula, “The Mirror of King Henry III,” Readings in Medieval Political Theory , pp. 200-206.
Christine de Pizan, The book of the Body Politic,” Readings in Medieval Political Theory , pp. 230-247.
Note: The instructor of this course will adhere to/enforce KSU's student honor code. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism consists not only in taking materials from authors verbatim without attribution but also in taking concepts and ideas without attribution.