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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


GOVT 60.11 Republicanism: An Alternative

This course will introduce students to republican political theory. Republicanism is often described as a theory of liberty, and one that contrasts usefully with liberalism. Our goal in this class will be to determine what it means to live in a ‘republic,’ comparing recent arguments made by neo-republicans like Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit with the source material upon which they claim to be building. Topics will include: the meaning and importance of liberty relative to other political values, like justice and equality; how republican liberty might be institutionalized; the role played by civic virtue in sustaining free institutions; and ‘private’ forms of domination, e.g. sexual and family relationships.

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Offered

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