Examining thinkers from Plato, Marx and Mill to the present to trace the transition
from giving political expression to the good life toward satisfying demands. Developments
analysed are the degeneration of moral philosophy and the rise of the market economy.
Tawney is singled out as a thinker who saw the need to tame the market rather than
abolish it. The moral: thinkers who cannot argue economics cannot face the greatest
challenge of the modern world - namely, how to humanise market capitalism.
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- One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points or PHIL 103
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
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- Teaching staff
- Professor Jim Flynn
- Paper Structure
- Two thirds of the assessment will be based on the final exam; one third will be based
on a 3,000-word (maximum) research essay.
- All assigned readings are available either online or on reserve through the library.
No particular priority - so read the books and buy those that interest you most.
- Course outline
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Ethics.
more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- The aim of the paper is to examine thinkers who show the transition from how to give
political expression to the good life toward how to satisfy demands though the market
economy. The underlying theme is that the quality of political thought has been diluted
- The degeneration of moral philosophy - thanks to the lust for objectivity
fact that political thought and economics have become distinct specialties - thanks
to the rise of the market economy
Or to put it bluntly: political philosophers
learn neither the ethics nor the economics they need to be relevant.
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