Fall/Winter Timetable

POL200Y1Y L5101

Political Theory: Visions of the Just/Good Society


A selective presentation of critical encounters between philosophy and politics, dedicated to the quest for the articulation and founding of the just/good society. Among the theorists examined are Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke.


Plato, Republic; Aristotle, Politics; Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae and On Kingship; Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince and The Discourses; Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan; John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration and the Second Treatise of Government. All of these readings are available on-line (URLs will be provided).

Format and Requirements

Tutorial Participation: 10% 3 Essays 50% Final Examination: 40%