Wed 30 Jan, 2013 12:29 pm
Hey, so i'm using my last 5 months in highs school to work on a piolitical philosophy project. I'm going to read 4-5 books, analyze them, and at last write an essay where i explains how my utopia looks like. It also need to have a topic all year.
So my questions to you is if you can help me setting up a good curriculum for 5 months( 2000-3000 pages) .
I can rerad both fiction, and non fiction, but i prefer to start up with non fiction before I will start reading most fiction. I have thought about topics like social contract(start out with rosseau), pacifism( read tolstoy, thoureau) and phsycological existentialism(when nietche wept is a book i was thiking about reading)
And everything should start up sometime, and then go forward and try to end with a book written no later than 1950. If you have any idea about what I should read, let me know, thanks,. and remember that im pretty new into political philosophy.
Your choices for non-fiction are quite sound.
I'm more into fiction so let me suggest George Orwell's 1984
and Animal Farm
and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
. Both are 'dystopias', i.e. would-be utopias gone awry.
Re: social contract, starting with Rousseau is fine but don't neglect John Locke.
Glenn Tinder's Political Thinking: The Perennial Questions provides a survey of how important issues in political philosophy have been dealt with over the centuries.
Yes, Your idea is good enough. Go to the all Marxist writers. You will get a deep idea from all writings. I will suggest you not to avoid George Orwell. Political Philosophy Literature is a good topic too.