MLAR 7455 Tyranny, Ancient and Modern

Tyranny has always been a potential danger of political life. The classical political philosophers developed an understanding of tyranny in light of the standard of legitimate regimes and finally "the best regime", while exploring the psychology of the tyrant. In this course we will study selections from the works of Aristotle, Plato and Xenophon as representative of classical political philosophy. We will then turn to Machiavelli, who inaugurated at the beginning of the modern epoch a new approach to the understanding of political life.