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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


GOVT 63 Origins of Political Thought: Render unto God or unto Caesar?

The perennial questions of political thought include: who should rule? and what is justice? The ancient world provides two radically different answers to these questions that of classical philosophy (represented here by Aristotle) and that of the Bible. After contrasting these two ancient perspectives, we then turn to the medieval attempts (by St. Augustine and by St. Thomas Aquinas) to synthesize Greek philosophy and Biblical faith. What is the relation of divine law to human law? What do we owe to God and what to Caesar? Is justice based on human reason or on faith in God?

Instructor

Murphy

Prerequisite

GOVT 6, or course work in ancient Greek philosophy.

Distributive and/or World Culture

TMV

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Offered

18W: 11