Adam Daniel Moore
Examination of major political philosophies from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century, with attention to the underlying philosophical methods and foundations.
The central normative problem of political philosophy is this: How, if at all, can political authority be justified? A wide variety of answers have been proposed. Some have said that political authority is founded on some sort of agreement; others that it is justified by good consequences; and others, of course, have denied that it is justified at all. This course will focus on the evaluation of various answers to this question. In addition, we will consider the nature and the proper limits of political authority.
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