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.
· 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.
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.