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Political Philosophy

General Information

Political philosophy is reflective thought on group activity. It differs from political science in that it is a conceptual inquiry, while political science is a more empirical and practical application of that inquiry. The program enables students to pursue studies using the resources of both the philosophy department and the political science department. Students take coursework in ethics, political theory, history of political thought, law, and human nature. Some other topics of study include governmental structures and their ideal implementation, political behavior, civil liberties, the relationship between individuals and governments, and philosophy of law.

Requirements

View the course catalog for the major.

Program Directors

Kenneth Baynes

Kenneth Baynes 
Professor
Philosophy

Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth  Cohen 
Associate Professor, Political Science

Program Faculty

Thomas Keck

Thomas  Keck 
Professor, Political Science

Glyn Morgan

Glyn  Morgan 
Associate Professor, Political Science

David Sobel

David Sobel 
Irwin and Marjorie Guttag Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy

Laurence Thomas

Laurence Thomas 
Professor
Philosophy