PH430 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Prof. Janet Benestad Profile

TuTh 1:15-2:15pm

Fall

Pre-Theology
Philosophy
Elective

Political philosophy is essential to understanding the role of the Church in the modern world. Humanity needs to find a “foundation on which the life of individuals and society may be built,” says Fides et Ratio (6). Philosophers open to truth are able to “…tackle the various problems in [their] competence, such as peace, social justice, the family, the defense of life and the natural environment…” (98). Students in this course will read texts by ancient, Christian and modern authors which address the question “What is the best regime?” They will study selections from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Francis Bacon, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Tocqueville, Marx and Nietzsche, as well as Christian responses to these teachings in the writings of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.