Middlebury

 

Paul Nelson

Prof. Emeritus, Political Science; Director, Performing Arts

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PHIL 0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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PSCI 0107 - Politics & Studies of Politics      

Politics and the Studies of Politics
This course will consider classic texts of Western political thought. The aims of the course are to see what each of the texts says about politics, and to determine the modes of thought of the text. For example, we will pay close attention both to the substance of Aristotle's political science and to the manner in which he conducts his inquiry. Other works may include Thomas Aquinas, Summae; William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar; Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan; Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France; Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America; speeches by Thomas Macaulay; and writings by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (Political Theory)/

EUR PHL SOC

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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PSCI 0333 - Politics Phi & Education      

Politics, Philosophy, and Education
We will explore the nature of these three activities and the relations among them. The course could be said to be an extended commentary on Socrates' claim that education is turning the soul toward being; Aristotle's distinction between theoretical and practical knowledge; and Marx's claim that philosophers have only interpreted the world, but the point is to change it. We will ask what is liberal education and what is its business with political things. We will read Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Nietzsche, and some 20th century writers, including Michael Oakeshott, Allan Bloom, and Leo Strauss. Seniors needing to fulfill a political science seminar requirement may arrange with the instructor to do so. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (Political Theory)/

EUR PHL

Fall 2010

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PSCI 0409 - Seminar Political Philosophy      

Seminar on Political Philosophy
In this course we will consider two ancient philosophers (Plato and Aristotle) and two recent philosophers (Oakeshott and Strauss) who have thought about politics. Their subjects include: what is philosophy; what is political philosophy; and what are the occasion and purpose of them? Further, we will study what these writers about politics say about other subjects such as friendship, divinity, poetry, the whole, and education. (PSCI 0101 or 0107 or by waiver) 3 hrs. sem. (Political theory)

PHL

Fall 2011

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PSCI 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Projects
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014

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PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

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Research Interests

Political Philosophy
Rhetoric
Liberal Education
Victorian Parliamentary Speeches and Criticism