The Individual and Society B (Political Philosophy)

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 10055

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Module description

This module will introduce you to some of the fundamental issues of Western Political Philosophy. In particular, it will discuss the nature of political authority and obligation, the role and function of the state, and the purposes and justification of government. This will pave the way for a discussion of what is arguably the central question of political philosophy: "Why should I obey the state?" The module will be taught through an examination of four of the key texts of Western political thought.