I finished the course Moral Foundations of Politics offered by Yale University. The certificate was issued on 10 August 2017.
ABOUT THE COURSE
(from the Coursera website – details accessible if with Coursera account)
This course starts with a survey of the major political theories of the Enlightenment: Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition. In each case we begin with a look of classical formulations, locating them in historical context, but then shift to the contemporary debates as they relate to politics today.
Next we turn to the rejection of Enlightenment political thinking, again exploring both classical and contemporary formulations. The last part of the course deals with the nature of, and justifications for, democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thinking.
In addition to exploring theoretical differences among the various authors discussed, considerable attention is devoted to the practical implications of their competing arguments. To this end, we discuss a variety of concrete problems, including debates about economic inequality, affirmative action and the distribution of health care, the limits of state power in the regulation of speech and religion, and difficulties raised by the emerging threat of global environmental decay.
Moral Foundations of Politics is divided into 6 themes:
I. Enlightenment Political Theory
II. Utilitarianism: Classical and Neoclassical
III. Marxism, Its Failures and Its Legacy
IV. The Social Contract Tradition
V. Enlightenment Politics
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