Machiavelli to Mill - key works in political philosophy led by Nigel Warburton
Tuesday evenings 29th April - 3rd June 8.10pm - 9.40pm
The Cellar, The Betsey Trotwood (pub), 56 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 3BL (a short walk from Farringdon tube station).
Class size 24 maximum
A mixture of short lectures and group discussion focussed on 7 classic works of political philosophy exploring questions of continuing relevance that emerge from them. No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed.
Topic covered include: Must political leaders have 'dirty hands'? What is the justification for having a state? What is property? Must a legitimate state have the consent of the people? Can you remain free while being part of a democray? What is alienation? What are the limits of individual freedom of expression in a civilised society?
Week 1. Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince
Week 2. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan
Week 3. John Locke Second Treatise on Civil Government
Week 4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract
Week 5. Marx - The German Ideology Part One
Week 6. J.S. Mill On Liberty and The Subjection of Women
Full price for the course (6 sessions) is £100 payable in advance via the Paypal button below. Concessions (students, unemployed, OAPs, those who have taken Philosophy: the Basics course) £80 using the drop down menu on the button.
Suggested Background Reading (optional)
Jonathan Wolff An Introduction to Political Philosophy (an excellent readable topic-based introduction to the area).
Books covered in Machiavelli to Mill (suggested editions - optional)