POLS 311 The Classical Search for Justice

Spring, Fall

This course examines the thought of Plato and Aristotle on comprehensive political questions such as: the character of human happiness, the best regime, the nature of virtue and justice, the competing claims of aristocracy and democracy, and the role of civic education. Some attention will also be given to ancient Roman political thought and to the Christian challenge to Greek and Roman ideas about the “good human being” and the “good citizen.” Not offered every year.

Prerequisites: Methods of Political Inquiry and one of the following American Political Thought and Statesmanship, Modern Ideologies, Philosophy of Law, Justice, Equality, and Liberty, Black Political Thought, HUM201 (Politics Track), or the permission of the instructor.