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PS150 – Fundamental Debates on the Common Good

A major controversy in the history of Western political philosophy has been over the foundation and aims of political rule. Crucial to this debate is the question of the character and limits of a 'common good,' and indeed, the question whether such a good can even exist. Basic but competing perspectives, drawn from ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary texts, will be examined, and stress will be placed on how the question of the 'common good' continues to animate political debate, as well as on its potential for shaping a student's moral and political outlook. (Offered as an FYE course.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).


TermBlockTitleInstructorLocationStudent Limit/ AvailableUpdated
Fall 2017 Block 1 Fundamental Debates on the Common Good Eve Grace Palmer Hall 13 16/2 01/19/2018
Fall 2017 Block 1 Fundamental Debates on the Eve Grace TBA 1/0 01/19/2018