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Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Learn what political philosophy is by reading excerpts from a classic Aristotelian text with a professor of philosophy!
Benjamin Keil, PhD
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At the class’ end, students should be able to understand and explain the six different types of government listed by Aristotle and what the difference between good and bad government is.  
I am an Instructional Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Illinois State University and I have taught philosophy for the past ten years.  I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of Kansas, 2015).  Additionally, I have taught this particular Aristotelian excerpt approximately ten times. 
Since this is a one-time class, homework is neither assigned nor collected.
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A reading (in .docx and PDF format) will be posted to the classroom page prior to class. Students need not look over the sheet before class; we’ll read it in class together.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No assessments will be administered.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This reading contains Aristotle’s refutations of militaristic and authoritarian governments.  But in so doing, Aristotle gives analogies to slavery and the inferior role of women in ancient Greek society.  These analogies are brief (each is less than a sentence long) and are not central to the larger argument Aristotle is presenting.
We will read an excerpt from a (public domain) translation of the "Politics" by Aristotle.


Benjamin Keil, PhD
Lives in the United States
"...[B]ut we in our green youth have to settle the eternal questions first of all."
11 total reviews
11 completed classes

About Me

My name is Dr. Keil and I am a philosopher.  Philosophy concerns itself with "the eternal questions" of human existence.  For example, what is it to be human and how should we live?  These are inherently controversial questions and philosophers... 
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