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.

Recommended Readings:-

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.

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