[FE 1086]  Political Ethics – 23.24

Semester I
thursday 10:30 - 12:15

Course Information

Professor: REESE, Fr. Philip-Neri
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester I
thursday 10:30 - 12:15


In the Aristotelian tradition, politics (or political philosophy) is the highest and noblest of the ethical sciences—it is wisdom in the practical order. The purpose of this class is to provide students with a systematic introduction to political philosophy thus understood. Themes such as just law, just war, legitimate authority, and the purpose of the state will be discussed. This vision of politics as the consummation of ethics will also be contrasted with two very different visions of the state and of politics: those of Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.


Partial Bibliography: Aristotle. Politics. Translated by C.D.C. Reeve. Hackett Publishing Company, 2017. Aquinas. Commentary on Aristotle’s ‘Politics’. Translated by Richard J. Regan. Hackett Publishing Company, 2007. Aquinas. Aquinas on Law, Morality, and Politics. Translated by Richard J. Regan. Hackett Publishing Company, 2003. Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan: with select variants from the Latin edition of 1688. Translated by Edwin Curley. Hackett Publishing Company, 1994. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. On the Social Contract. Translated by Donald A. Cress. Hackett Publishing Company, 2019.