Athens, OH January 30, 2012 – With spring quarter and graduation rapidly approaching, this quarter I’m taking a hodgepodge of classes to wrap up several requirements. One of these classes is POLS 270 – Political Theory. The class is described as such:
“Introduction to study of political theory: examination of selected political issues and theorists from philosophical perspective. Emphasis on developing one’s own political values and theories.”
While searching for a class to take, it was that last line that struck me. I’ve never really preoccupied myself with politics besides what I might overhear on T.V. or skim over in the paper. Over the first half of this quarter, however, it is apparent that whether you embrace it or not, politics surrounds us and has a hand in almost all aspects of our lives. In fact, the ancient Greeks believed it was human nature to be actively involved in politics – it is politics that separates humans from beasts into civilization.
As we’re working through the works and philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, it is remarkable how fresh and applicable their theories are today. Even if you aren’t particularly interested in politics (as myself), the theories transcend the typical political environment one probably thinks of (Washington D.C., Senate, the House, etc.) and sheds light on everyday interactions between people, and why we do the things that we do.
I was uncertain how I would like this class when first signing up to take it, but these first few weeks have helped provide me with a solid base for my own beliefs and I’m definitely looking forward to what the rest of the quarter has to offer.