Courses / CLASSIC PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN NATURE AND POLITICS

Coordinators: Sanford Kessler, Bob Gottfried

In this course, we will consider how some of the great Western political philosophers viewed the relationship between human nature and politics. Topics covered will include the purpose of government, political leadership, the scope of freedom, and the relationship between ethics and politics. Students will read aloud and discuss short selections from the works of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill, and Nietzsche.