Week 8: The Legacy of Classical Political Thought
As you have seen from the theoretical discussions so far, Classical Political Thought is not dead, and neither is the search for interpreting its historical contexts. Despite the extensive readings that you have been given so far, many topics have had to remain unexplored. The selection of texts below may offer some further insights into the historical periods and their theories, especially as they connect to later times up to today. Please read up to four of the texts, and share their central ideas with your fellow students.
Guiding Discussion Questions:

  • What elements of classical political thinking are still alive today?
  • We opened up the class with the idea that “the past is a foreign country.” I hope it has become more familiar to you. Have there been aspects – related to political thought – which you would have wished to discuss further? You may share this with the class, and invite further discussion