The goal of this course is to understand what Aristotle means when he says that political science is the ruling science. The precedents in the sophists and Plato are studied with a view to elucidating Aristotle.
The course will be two-thirds lecture and one third discussion. Grades will be based on class participation and a paper.
Plato, Collected Dialogues (Cooper, ed.; Hackett)
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Irwin, trans.; Hackett)
Aristotle, Politics (Reeve, trans.; Hackett)
OUTLINE OF THE COURSE
Week 1: Introduction and background
Week 2: Plato, Protagoras 317E328C
Week 3: Gorgias 462B465D, Euthydemus 289D293A, Republic (selections),
Week 5: Statesman beginning262A2; 279E6280A6; 287A7end
Week 4: Laws (selections)
Week 6: Cleitophon, Minos, Alcibiades I, Rival Lovers (selections)
Week 7: Nicomachean Ethics: I 1-4, V 1-2, VI, X 9
Week 8: Politics III, VII-VIII
Week 9: Politics I 1-7, 12-13 , IV 1-2
Week 10: Summary