Fall/Winter Timetable

POL484H1S L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2026H1S L0101

Topics in Political Thought I

Rhetoric and Political Thought

Themes

This course will explore the relationship between politics, rhetoric, and philosophy. Where rhetoric is integral for democratic practice, it has often been viewed with suspicion in the history of political thought. What is the quarrel between rhetoric and philosophy on the nature of politics? Why is rhetoric seen by some as powerful, even dangerous? How have political thinkers used rhetoric for their own purposes? Is there a productive relationship between rhetoric and politics, and democracy in particular? Readings will draw from ancient and modern political thought and the Rhetorical Tradition.

Texts

TBA

Format and Requirements

TBA

Prerequisites

POL320Y1 or POL320Y5 or (POLC73H3 and POLC74H3)