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Political Philosophy: What is the Best Form of Society? – GI 23 068 (Online)

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30 October 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

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Tutor: Darren Harper BA (Hons) PGCE

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Date: 30 October 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Length of Course:
5 Mondays
Reference Code:
GI 23 068
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


For two and a half millennia, philosophers have been reflecting upon politics and society. Beginning our journey with Plato’s Republic, and progressing through Hobbes’ Leviathan, Rousseau’s Social Contract, Rawls’ A Theory of Justice and Nozick’s Anarchy, State and Utopia, we will explore the question: what is the best form of society?

Suggested Reading: An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jonathan Wolff


Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), from a detail of The School of Athens fresco by Raphael.

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About the Speaker

Darren Harper


Darren holds a BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing (1st class), a PGCE in Lifelong Learning, and has been an adult education teacher for 10 years.  In addition to the Guildford Institute, he also teaches residential courses at Dillington House (Somerset), Higham Hall (Cumbria), Knuston Hall (Northamptonshire) and Marlborough College (Wiltshire), as well study days at various independent libraries throughout the UK.  You can find out more at darrenharper.net.  Darren has almost completed his first book, Encounters and Reflections: An Introduction to Philosophy, which will be published in 2022.


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