Junior/Senior Elective

In Classical Political Philosophy, students will read Plato's Republic as the foundational text of political philosophy and follow the development of its themes in later Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, and late antique thought. Along the way, students consider how contemporary politics and culture have made these ideas new and relevant again. Writings from the following philosophers will be included in the course: Antiphon, Aristotle, Epicurus, Polybius, Marcus Aurelius, Cicero, and Augustine. Through a discussion-oriented seminar format, students will practice engaging with the central questions of early political thought and learn how to read and interpret these idea-rich texts with an eye to both their historical context and relevance to contemporary questions.