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Gvpt 241 - The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern
The Study of Political Philosophy: Ancient and Modern Documents

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GVPT 241 Prof C Butterworth cebworth gvpt umd edu SPRING 2006 Office hours 5 00 6 30 Mon Wed Tydings 1149 tel 301 405 4110 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY WHAT IT IS HOW IT COMES ABOUT AND WHY IT MATTERS This is a survey course on the history of political philosophy ancient medieval and modern The subject will be approached by reading only primary sources namely excellent books written by philosophers representing the period in question 400 BCE 1860 CE Since it is impossible to read and discuss intelligently more than about 10 works in a semester the reading list will be limited accordingly The goal will be to understand each author to inquire how they talk to one another across the ages and to investigate what each one has to tell us about how we should live as responsible human beings and citizens Classes will be conducted according to two formats lecture plus small discussion Guiding both the lectures and the discussion sessions will be the assumption that the authors studied know what they are talking about and have something to teach us if we are willing to learn For success in this course it will be necessary to read the assigned reading before coming to class to attend every class and to be on time for class Requirements Evaluation for credit will be based on three very short essays 750 1000 words or 3 4 double spaced pages two essay type in class examinations and intelligent participation in the discussion sections The very short essays are to provide an answer to a question that will be given in lecture on the Monday before the essay is due and the essay must be handed in at the start of discussion section on the day noted on February 17 April 7 and April 28 Late papers will receive a deduction of 1 3 letter grade per day after due date e g from A to A No paper will be accepted seven days after the due date The first in class examination will be on March 10 and the second a final examination will be on May 16 1 30 3 30 University schedule Grades are assessed as



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