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Enlightenment and Liberal Democracy

This course explores different questions relating to the theory and practice of liberal democracy. As a modern

political system shaped by the Enlightenment, liberal democracy differs from the democracies of the ancient

world in affirming various limits to public authority, limits which are typically codified in individual rights. The

course considers the foundations of individual rights and different justifications offered for them. It also assesses

other goals of liberal democracies and the broader aims of the Enlightenment as a philosophic movement.

Pre-requisite: HIS-212 LEC AND (PHL-213 LEC OR PHL-212 LEC)

Course Credit: 3

Course Code: POL-312