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PLSC 118: The Moral Foundations of Politics (Spring 2010, Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor Ian Shapiro.

This course explores main answers to the question, "When do governments deserve our allegiance?" It starts with a survey of major political theories of the Enlightenment - Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition - through classical formulations, historical context, and contemporary debates relating to politics today. It then turns to the rejection of Enlightenment political thinking. Lastly, it deals with the nature of, and justifications for, democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thinking. Practical implications of these arguments are covered through discussion of a variety of concrete problems. (from oyc.yale.edu)

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  • Lecture 01 – Information and Housekeeping Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Introductory Lecture Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Natural Law Roots of the Social Contract Tradition Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Origins of Classical Utilitarianism Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Classical Utilitarianism and Distributive Justice Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – From Classical to Neoclassical Utilitarianism Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – The Neoclassical Synthesis of Rights and Utility Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Limits of the Neoclassical Synthesis Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – The Marxian Challenge Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Marx’s Theory of Capitalism Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Marxian Exploitation and Distributive Justice Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – The Marxian Failure and Legacy Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Appropriating Locke Today Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Rights as Side Constraints and the Minimal State Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Compensation versus Redistribution Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – The Rawlsian Social Contract Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Distributive Justice and the Welfare State Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – The “Political-not-Metaphysical” Legacy Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – The Burkean Outlook Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Contemporary Communitarianism (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Contemporary Communitarianism (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Democracy and Majority Rule (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Democracy and Majority Rule (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Democratic Justice: Theory Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Democratic Justice: Applications Unlimited

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