Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    History, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    This module will explore a range of historical texts, both ancient and modern, in the history of political
    philosophy. The main aim is to acquaint students with the central concepts and debates in political thought.
    What is the proper attitude of the philosopher towards the city? Should politics aim to satisfy needs or to instil
    virtue? Is it better to be just or unjust? What is the nature of the ideal constitution? How does the idea of a
    'social contract' emerge in modern political thought? What are natural rights, and what role do they play in
    justifying political authority? Are human beings by nature sociable, and what implications does this have for
    politics? Readings drawn from authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Lactantius, Aquinas, Vitoria,
    Suarez, Grotius, Hobbes, Pufendorf, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill.


    Teaching pattern: 1 one-hour weekly lecture and 1 one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.

    Assessment: coursework

    Summative assessment: two 2,000-word essays
    Formative assessment: two 1,500-word essays
    Your summative work should be submitted via KEATS.
    Essay titles can be selected from the formative essay topics in the module syllabus. If you wish to write on
    another topic for your summative essay, you must make sure you have the permission and approval of the module

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