Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

PLSC 100: Political Theory

PLSC 100: Political Theory

Professor Claar

MWF 10:25 / LSC

 

In politics, there are some fundamental questions that we wrestle with on a daily basis.  Is politics natural for man?  What is justice?  What is the purpose of law?  What is the best political regime and who is best suited to rule it?  What are my legal and moral obligations to others?  Ultimately, what will make me (or all of us) happiest?  But these questions are not even remotely new -- we've dealt with them for the entirety of record history.  Philosophers from the Ancient Greeks to those of the modern era have created a running dialogue in attempts to answer these questions definitively.  This course will introduce you to that running dialogue on these lofty questions.  By reading the great writings of major philosophical thinkers, you will be asked to critically think about how you view the world around you and answer these running questions on your own.  This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.

 

 

 

PLSC 100: Political Theory

Professor Katz

TTh 8:30 / LSC

This course explores the problem of political evil.  Evil forms a special problem in public life because politics involves the use of violence.  When is violence justified?  When does its use become evil?  The first part of the course examines the problem of “dirty hands,” of men and women who harm unjustly for the sake of justice.  We will contrast the positions of Socrates (who chooses death rather than commit an injustice) and Machiavelli (who counsels injustice when necessity requires it).  We will also read Shakespeare's Henry V, who provides his own understanding of the special burden of rule in a time of war.  The second part of the course will deal with the treatment of despised minorities. We will read a second Shakespeare play -- The Merchant of Venice -- and Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, a study of one of the architects of Hitler's final solution.  The course will conclude with a study of terrorism as a political strategy. This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.

 

 

PLSC 100: Political Theory

Professor Loontjer

MWF 12:35 / LSC

This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.

 

 

PLSC: Political Theory

Professor Wainwright

MWF 2:45 / LSC

Political theory is about asking the normative political questions which underlie everyday politics. Who should rule? How should they rule? What is the best way to shape a society so that the common good is provided for? What, even, is the common good? This course will examine some of the major thinkers of the western political tradition to survey how these and other questions of political life have been answered, in the past and in the present. It will focus on reading the theorist’s original texts to discover their purpose when written and their continued relevance and meaning today. This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.