A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (a short walk from Holborn tube station)
maximum class size 35
teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion
No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed
This course runs for 6 consecutiveThursday evenings beginning 4th September 2014 (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct)
The course will run from 8.10pm - 9.40pm in the Bertrand Russell room for the first 4 sessions, and in the Library for the last 2.
A mixture of short lectures and group discussion focussed on 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 already signed up for or completed the 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. I'm not expecting you to read these books, but will suggest selections from them during the course)