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Department of Philosophy

University of Peradeniya

PHY 306 - Political Philosophy

The aim of the course is to provide a substantial knowledge about the logic and Philosophy underlying Political Theories and Political, Practices. The students must have a textual knowledge of the following major works. Although the course concentrates mainly on the Political Philosophy of the West, the students are also expected (a) to have a comprehensive knowledge about Hindu/Indian Political theories, particularly the political ideas of Kautilya and, (b) to develop the ability to analyse the Psychology and Philosophy of Contemporary Political Practice of Sri Lanka.

Course content:

  • Plato's Republic
  • Aristotle's Politics
  • Hobbs's Leviathan
  • J.S.Mill's On Liberty
  • Machiavelli’s The Prince
  • Marx's Communist Manifesto
  • Antonio Gramsci - The Prison Notes Books
  • Kautilya's Arthasastra,
  • Derrida's Spectres of Marx

Reading List
1. Ghosal, G.U.1922. A History of Hindu Political Theories. Oxford University Press.
2. Kemp, C.1984. Politics and class in Spring Valley, Sri Lanka's Anti-struturalist Interpretation. In Journal of Peasant studies, Vol. 12.
3. Smart, Bany.1983. Foueault, Marxism and Antique. London, Routledge.
4. ගුණසිංහ, නිව්ටන්, 1984 අන්තෝනියෝ ග්‍රම්ෂි, ප්‍රකාශන: ගොවි කම්කරු ආයතනය.
5. මල්ලිකාරච්චි,ඩෙස්මන්, 1982 අන්තෝනියෝ ග්‍රම්ෂි ග්‍රන්ථ විචාරය, මාවත 50.

Relevant Reading Material are available in the Department of Philosophy & Psychology.