This course is designed to provide all Government Department concentrators with a unified and challenging intellectual introduction to the study of politics, this is the flagship course of the Harvard College Government Concentration. It covers a selection of core topics on the theme of "Democracy" and draws on a wide range of texts in political theory, both traditional and contemporary. This course is mandatory for all Government Concentrators. Professor Rosen teaches this course with Peter Hall.
Introduces students to some of the central debates in contemporary English-language political theory, including questions of justice, equality and rights, and later turns towards topics reflecting the individual interests of students who enroll. Designed to help students make the transition from being critical readers of political thought to being independent contributors to debate. It is especially useful for students considering an undergraduate thesis in political theory.
The high period of German Idealism (from 1781, the date of the publication of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, to the death of Hegel in 1831) is one of the most revolutionary in the history of philosophy. This course studies the period using the central ideas of history and freedom as its guide, and traces how modern ideas about freedom, the self, and the historical character of knowledge have their origins in Idealist thought.