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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 86.17 Against the Tide: Excellence in Democratic Age

We live in a democratic age – “the many” now rule, not the few.  This is surely one of the great triumphs of modernity.  But is democracy really good for everyone?  This course will explore the troubled relationship between democracy and excellence, or the idea that democratic regimes cannot nurture or appropriately reward our highest possibilities because they are unavailable to “the many.”  Students will be asked to think about what excellence is and why we should care about it, drawing on several of the most brilliant and enduring treatments of the subject in the Western intellectual tradition.   



Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:TMV; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.


Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.