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When do governments deserve our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? This course explores the main answers that have been given to this question in the modern West. We start with a survey of the major political theories of the Enlightenment: Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition. In each case, we begin with a look at classical formulations, locating them in historical context, but then shift to the contemporary debates as they relate to politics today. Next, we turn to the rejection of Enlightenment political thinking, again exploring both classical and contemporary formulations. The last part of the course deals with the nature of, and justifications for, democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thinking. In addition to exploring theoretical differences among the various authors discussed, considerable attention is devoted to the practical implications of their competing arguments. To this end, we discuss a variety of concrete problems, including debates about economic inequality, affirmative action and the distribution of health care, the limits of state power in the regulation of speech and religion, and difficulties raised by the emerging threat of global environmental decay....
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Section
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Welcome to Moral Foundations of Politics

Welcome to the course. Meet your instructor and learn about the structure of the course and what makes it distinctive. ...
Reading
3 vidéos (Total 22 min), 4 lectures
Video3 vidéos
The Shape of the Course6 min
Expectations14 min
Reading4 lectures
Course Overview3 min
Meet Your Instructor3 min
Pre-Course Survey10 min
Readings3 min

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Section
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3 heures pour terminer

Enlightenment Political Theory

This module explores what makes a government legitimate. More specifically, was the Third Reich illegitimate and was Eichmann breaking some kind of higher law here?...
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 75 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
The Paradox of Discomfort and the Organization of the Course14 min
Politics in the Enlightenment13 min
Early vs. Mature Enlightenments15 min
The Workmanship Ideal19 min
Reading4 lectures
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, pg. 21-55, 135-14940 min
Locke, First Treatise30 min
Locke, Second Treatise20 min
Hobbes Lessons for the Professors of Mathematics10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Mini Quiz - Enlightenment Political Theory20 min

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Section
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7 heures pour terminer

Utilitarianism: Classical and Neoclassical

Classical and neoclassical utilitarianism are examined in this module starting with the historical context. Professor Shapiro then shifts to the contemporary debates as they relate to politics today....
Reading
16 vidéos (Total 285 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video16 vidéos
The Theory of Classical Utilitarianism23 min
The Utility Monster and the Principle of Diminishing Marginal Utility10 min
The Panopticon and Bentham on Government7 min
Distribution and Diminishing Marginal Utility17 min
Bentham on Equality and Rights13 min
Neoclassical Utilitarianism: The Philosophical Context Beginning19 min
Neoclassical Utilitarianism: The Economic Context17 min
Ideological Stakes of the Transition from Classical to Neoclassical Utilitarianism9 min
Introduction and the Harm Principle17 min
Bentham, Mill, and The Rights-Utility Synthesis14 min
The Harm Principle in Practice10 min
The Harm Principle and the Spectrum of Harm18 min
Harm Examples12 min
Is the Harm Principle Conservative?12 min
Office Hours 19 min
Reading4 lectures
Bentham, Intro to Morals and Legislation10 min
Bentham in W. Stark, Jeremy Bentham's Economic Writings, 44225 min
Mill, On Liberty, Chs. 1-2 min
Mill, On Liberty Ch. 530 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Utilitarianism: Classical and Neoclassical30 min

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Section
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7 heures pour terminer

Marxism, Its Failures and Its Legacy

This module on Marx's Enlightenment theory focuses on the foundations of capitalism theory and its major weaknesses. ...
Reading
10 vidéos (Total 198 min), 5 lectures, 1 quiz
Video10 vidéos
Marx as an Enlightenment Thinker15 min
Marx's Challenge to Classical Political Economy20 min
The Working Class12 min
Exploitation - The Micro Story14 min
Exploitation - The Macro Story and the Theory of Crisis24 min
Marx's Overall Failures14 min
Failures in the Macro Theory15 min
Rethinking the Labor Theory of Value22 min
Office Hours 249 min
Reading5 lectures
Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party10 min
Marx, Capital (Vol. I), Prefaces, Chs. I, IV, VI, XII, XVI (excerpts)45 min
Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program45 min
Marx, Theories of Surplus Value, Ch. XVII (Sections 8-11, 14)50 min
Roemer, "Should Marxists be interested in exploitation?" Analytical Marxism10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Marxism, Its Failures and Its Legacy30 min
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par MSSep 17th 2015

excellant work dont by Dr Ian Shapiro and staff on putting such a mind turning,thought provoking MOOC on a complex and ever controversial subject known as POLITICS!..I hope to see more from them soon

par NKDec 30th 2015

The Course (Moral Foundations of Politics ) is an important subject for Politicains and the students of Political science. Prof. Ian Shapiro's lectureres have good information and most helpful.

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Ian Shapiro

Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

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