Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy
King's College London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
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.
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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