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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 86.03 Contemporary Political Theory

Students in this course examine important ideas and trends in contemporary political theory. The course focuses on the works of such theorists as Friedrich Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and recent advocates of related positions. This course has two aims: first, its object is to foster an understanding of the different writers' conceptions of, inter alia, freedom, persons, power, and action. Second, and more importantly, the course invites students to assess the viability and relevance of the various views considered, with regard to contemporary politics, institutions, and society. Prerequisite: one course in political theory or political philosophy.



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