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Political Philosophy: The Social Contract Tradition (PHIL 176, PHIL 276, POLISCI 337A)

Requirements: 
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II, WAY-ER
137A

(Graduate students register for 276.) Why and under what conditions do human beings need political institutions? What makes them legitimate or illegitimate? What is the nature, source, and extent of the obligation to obey the legitimate ones, and how should people alter or overthrow the others? Study of the answers given to such questions by major political theorists of the early modern period: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant.

Subject: 
POLISCI
Course ID: 
122 284
Grading: 
Letter or Credit/No Credit