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0. INTRODUCTORY EXERCISE OF JURIDICO-POLITICAL REASON
08/28 Administrative Orientation
Greetings; Advance Planning
08/30 Socratic Apologies?
Read: Plato, the Apology (Hyperlinked Synopsis; Read at least a Few Passages by Following the Links that Particularly Interest You.)
09/04 Socratic "Attitude"
Read: Phillips, excerpt, "Why Ask Why," from Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy
09/06 Should We Consent to be Governed?
Read: Nathanson, "Super Patriotism" [size: 14.5MB], Should We Consent to be Governed?
09/11 Parrhesia: Ancient and Contemporary
09/13 Holiday. No Class
09/18 Holiday: No Class
I. CLASSICAL BACKDROP
09/20 Plato on Justice and the Utopian State: Is There Universal Justice?
Read: [Ch1, PPLP] Selections from the Republic
09/25 Aristotle on the Nature and Mechanism of Politics: In What Sense Are Human Beings "Political" Animals?
Read: [Ch2, PPLP] Selections from the Politics
09/27 Exam #1
II. MODERN CONCEPTS OF LAW, THE COMMON GOOD & POLITICAL SOCIETY
10/2 Spinoza on Natural Right and the Right of Supreme Authorities
Read: [Ch4, PPLP] Selections from A Political Treatise
10/4 Hobbes on the Psycho-Political Prerequisites of Law and Order
Read: [Ch5, PPLP] Selections from the Leviathan
10/09 Locke on Natural Law and Civil Government
Read: [Ch6, PPLP] Selections from The Second Treatise on Civil Government
10/11 Montesquieu on Differences: Typological/Categorical/Constitutional/Natural
Read: [Ch7, PPLP] Selections from The Spirit of the Laws
10/16 Rousseau on Social Contract
Read: [Ch8, PPLP] Selections from The Social Contract
III. THE ENLIGHTENMENT IDEALS OF POLITICS AND LEGISLATIVE REASON
10/23 Kant on a Rationally Ethical Commonwealth
Read: [Ch9, PPLP] "The Principles of Political Right"
10/25 Hegel on the Dialectically Integrated State, the "Realized Ethical Spirit"
Read: [Ch10, PPLP] Selections from The Philosophy of Right
10/30 Bentham on the Utilitarian Art of Jurisprudence
Read: [Ch11, PPLP] Selections from The Principles of Morals and Legislation
IV. CRITICAL REVISIONING OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF DEMOCRACY & JUSTICE
11/01 Pateman on the Sexual Contract
11/06 Pateman on the Sexual Contract (Continued)
11/08 Mini-Break for Individual Research. No Class
11/13 Mills on the Racial Contract
11/15 Rawls on Balancing Between The Rule of Law and "What We Want Constitutionally"
Read: Rawls [Ch13, PPLP] "The Domain of the Political and Overlapping Consensus"
11/20 Exam #3: Submit a hard copy to 325T, 9am-5pm
11/22 Thanksgiving Holiday. No Class
V. FURTHUR AND TOUGHER QUESTIONS, PERHAPS
11/27 Arendt on Ideology and Terror
Read: [Ch12, PPLP] "Ideology and Terror"
11/29 Foucault on How to Create a Soldier Out of a Man
Read: Foucault, "Docile Bodies" [size: 19.8MB], Discipline and Punish
12/04 Student Presentations
12/06 Student Presentations
12/11 2nd Paper Due: Submit a hard copy to 325T, 9am-5pm