3P11 Political Texts: Eight Greats

Tutor/Facilitator Douglas Adeney

Date: on/from Wed 21 Jul 2021 to end year
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 11:45-1:15

Delivered ZOOM

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Who should govern, and on what principles?

What is the rightful extent of individual liberty, and of private property?

This course is a brief introduction to eight classic texts in political philosophy, each of which addresses at least some of the questions above:

Plato, Republic
Aristotle, Politics
Machiavelli, The Prince
Hobbes, Leviathan
Locke, Second Treatise of Government
Rousseau, The Social Contract
Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto
Mill, On Liberty

In each case excerpts will be provided, and a number of key points will be identified and critically discussed.


TUTOR: Douglas has philosophy degrees from Monash University (MA) and the University of St Andrews, Scotland (PhD). He taught philosophy at Melbourne State College and then for many years at the University of Melbourne. He has been joyfully involved at U3APP since 2018.