4P13 Political Texts: Eight Greats

Tutor/Facilitator Douglas Adeney

Date: on/from Thu 5 Nov 2020 to Thu 3 Dec 2020
Frequency: weekly
Class time: 7:00-8:30


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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, The 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.

REQUIREMENTS: No experience or materials required.

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. More recently he has taught numerous courses at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE), and now he is also greatly enjoying his involvement at U3APP.

Repeat of 2019 course

Please note the time of the course is 7:00pm to 8:30pm.