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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

PLSC 100: Political Theory

PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor Wainwright
MWF 2:45pm / LSC


This course is an option in the “Philosophical Knowledge” section of the core curriculum. 

PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor Mayer
MWF 12:35pm / LSC


Political theorists are concerned with the way things ought to be. Their task is to identify the best policy option in any given case. One important methodological device political theorists have invented to identify this best option is the social contract. A social contract argument claims that the policy option we should prefer is the one free and equal persons would negotiate amongst themselves if they could design political arrangements from scratch. In this introductory course we will examine six different versions of the social contract argument. Our task during the semester will be both to determine why thinkers who use the same device arrive at such different answers about our best policy option and to decide which version of the contract argument seems best. This course is an option in the “Philosophical Knowledge” section of the core curriculum.



PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor Danford
MWF 10:25am / LSC


According to Aristotle, the thinker generally regarded as the founder of the scientific study of politics, political science is the architectonic science, the most comprehensive attempt to understand and articulate the human good.  Its central question is the question how should human beings live.  Inquiry into the human good requires a comprehensive understanding of human nature—what kind of creatures are we?—along with an account of the circumstances of political life.  This course will serve as a theoretical and comparative introduction to political science thus understood.  We will consider the chief answers that have been given to these questions over the 2,400 years during which serious political science has been practiced. This course is an option in the “Philosophical Knowledge” section of the core curriculum.

PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor Yoksas
TTh 2:30pm / LSC


How can a citizen know what a just law looks like?  Why must citizens give deference to political authority?  What is the difference between an effective leader and an ineffective leader?  The history of mankind is the history of political relationships.  The most fundamental of these relationships is the one between the government and the governed.  Indeed, all human beings who live in a community with others will at some point be expected to either craft the laws or obey the laws crafted by others.  The possession of political authority over the community comes with certain obligations to use the authority for the sake of the common good.  Likewise, citizenship carries with it the obligation to obey the laws for the sake of civil order.  This course is designed to examine this relationship between leaders and citizens. Students will read a variety of perspectives from the history of political thought, from ancient Greece to contemporary America.  This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.



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Department of Political Science
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