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Introduction to Political Philosophy

Yale University (US), Open Yale Courses

political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition, the polis experience (Plato, Aristotle), the sovereign state (Machiavelli, Hobbes), constitutional government (Locke), democracy (Rousseau, Tocqueville), the way in which different political philosophies have given expression to various forms of political institutions and our ways of life are examined
 



 

Death

Yale University (US), Open Yale Courses

examines issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality, possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered
 



 

Moral Problems and the Good Life

MIT (US), OpenCourseware

issues that arise in contemporary public debate concerning matters of social justice, Topics such as euthanasia, gay marriage, racism and racial profiling, free speech, hunger and global inequality, goal to provide basis for respectful and informed discussion of matters of common moral concern: Readings, Related Resources


Classics in Western Philosophy

MIT (US), OpenCourseware

Western philosophical tradition, through the study of major figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant, questions that have been significant to philosophy from its beginnings (nature of the mind or soul, the existence of God, the foundations of knowledge, ethics and the good life): Readings, Study Materials, Related Resources


Political Philosophy: Global Justice

MIT (US), OpenCourseWare (US)

explores the foundations and content of norms of justice that apply beyond the borders of a single state, issues of political justice, economic justice, and human rights, the case for skepticism about global justice, idea of global democracy: intellectual property rights, the nature of distributive justice at the global level, pluralism and human rights, rights to control borders, readings [Chinese version available]


Kant, spring quarter 1967

Chicago University (US), Leo Strauss Center

Readings include The Critique of Pure Reason, Metaphysical Foundation of Morals, What Is Enlightenment? Idea for a Universal History, A Critical Review of J. G. Herderís Ideas for a Philosophy of History, Conjectural Beginning of Human History, Theory and Practice, The End of All Things, Perpetual Peace, An Old Question Raised Again.


Western Theism / Contemporary Christian Philosophy (courses)

Texas University (US)
  • Western Theism - faith, reason, Plato, Aristotle, Al-fFarabi, ibn Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas, cosmology, metaphysics & epistemology of causation, anthropic coincidences, Swinburne's design argument, teleological explanation, theism vs. many-worlds hypothesis, evil, free will defense, Mackie's critique, question of divine responsibility
  • Contemporary Christian Philosophy - Reason, Naturalism, Aquinas, Christian Philosophy, Idealism & Realism, Enlightenment Morality, Objective Value, God & Morality, Moral Realism, Proving God's Existence, Objections to Design, Cosmological Arguments, Rationality of Religious Belief, Nature of Divine Providence, Atheistic Arguments from Evil, God's Moral Goodness, Free Will Defense, Personal Identity, Non-Moral Evils

Faith and Globalization

Yale University (US)

impact of religious faith in a world where political, economic, and social spheres are increasingly interconnected, Intentional and sustained reflection on crucial issues of faith and globalization
 



 

Hobbes, Leviathan and De Cive, winter quarter 1964

University of Chicago (US), Leo Strauss Center

Seminar in Political Philosophy [16 sessions and tapes]


Philosophy Courses

Washington University (US)
  • Philosophy of Language - survey of some of the most influential papers that have been written during the past 115 years, from Frege (1892) to the present.
  • Philosophy of Aristotle - survey of Aristotleís logic, theory of explanation, philosophy of nature, metaphysics, and psychology: syllogism, scientific explanation, four causes, nature of change, categories, substance and essence, matter and form, soul
  • Introduction to Logic - logic as a formal system, simple artificial language (First Order Logic, or FOL, for short) makes possible clear and unambiguous representation of the logical structure of deductive reasoning
  • History of Ancient Philosophy - survey of the history of ancient Greek philosophy from the Milesians through Aristotle, focus on ancient Greek views of nature and our knowledge of nature

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