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PPR320: Political Ideas: Liberal Thought
Tutor: Patrick Bishop
This course examines central themes in the liberal branch of contemporary Anglo-American analytic political philosophy. The liberal positions on justice, liberty, equality, the state, power, rights and utility are all explored. The approach is philosophical rather than applied; its focus is on the ideas of liberal politics: how individual liberty can be maximised while not harming others; how an individual philosophical position can guide political determinants of a society and places the developments of liberal ideas in their appropriate historical contexts. The course also examines the connection between the ideas of liberalism and the idea of democracy to explore the philosophical tensions between the two and how these might be resolved. The course is a survey of major topics and concepts in Anglo-American liberal political ideas. The syllabus will include the following topics: Questions about Justice: Analytic philosophy and liberalism; Visions of the state: Liberalism, Republicanism, Socialism; Liberty and individuality; Liberalism and democracy; Negative and positive liberty; Equality; Utility and rights; Toleration and Multiculturalism: Responses to diversity; Neutrality and the market: private property and public goods; Power: freedom or oppression.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.
Held D Models of Democracy
Kymlicka W Contemporary Political Philosophy
Goodin R E & Pettit P A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy
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