Arizona State College Assistant Professor Karen Taliaferro has a giant course forward for the autumn 2022 semester, and the trail isn’t predictable.
Her course, Comparative Political Thought, is an invite to college students of all backgrounds to look at Western civilization’s basic texts of political thought — from Plato and Aristotle to John Locke — in dialogue with texts from totally different world traditions, together with Islam, Judaism, Confucianism and Hinduism.
These sources are mentioned utilizing the Socratic technique, a type of cooperative argumentative dialogue based mostly on asking and answering inquiries to stimulate crucial considering.
“The Socratic technique permits us to maintain an open thoughts and query our personal assumptions,” Taliaferro mentioned.
CEL 394: Comparative Political Thought (class #94866) is open to college students of all majors and items. It caters to college students devoted to the humanities, and to those that are searching for an elective that can encourage them to learn residents. The course is obtainable by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. throughout Session C on the Tempe campus.
On this course, college students will have interaction in participative discussions evaluating texts throughout civilizations, religions and traditions, addressing fundamental political rules, corresponding to justice and order, from a number of views.
“Western civilization’s nice heritage of political thought calls us to stay vigilant about in the present day’s challenges by diving into humanity’s most essential questions of self-governance, justice, individualism and civic life. We perceive the current by reflecting upon the rules and texts from the previous,” Taliaferro mentioned.
The course will give attention to sources of political authority, concepts of membership in a political neighborhood, the connection between cause and faith in a polity, constitutionalism, and pure or human rights.
“This course is a superb alternative for college kids of all majors and minors who’re inquisitive about our society’s nice questions of justice, energy, neighborhood, cause, faith and the way these elements affect our each day lives. We’ll learn classics of political thought, writings from totally different traditions and up to date texts,” Taliaferro mentioned.
Taliaferro has been a college member on the College of Civic and Financial Thought and Management for the reason that college was based at ASU in 2017 and dedicates her analysis to historic and medieval political philosophy, faith and politics, with a specific emphasis on Islamic thought. Her 2019 e book “The Chance of Spiritual Freedom: Early Pure Regulation and the Abrahamic Faiths” examines the battle of divine regulation and human regulation in sources starting from historic Greece to medieval Islam, and asks whether or not varied traditions of pure regulation would possibly mitigate the battle.
We perceive the current by reflecting upon the rules and texts from the previous.
— Assistant Professor Karen Taliaferro
Taliaferro graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in political science and French from Marquette College. She then went on to earn a grasp’s diploma and a PhD in authorities from Georgetown College, in addition to further coaching in classics from Northwestern College. She has beforehand taught humanities and nice books at Villanova College, and has held analysis fellowships on the James Madison Program at Princeton College, in addition to Georgetown College’s College of Overseas Service in Doha, Qatar.
Comparative Political Thought integrates the autumn 2022 record of programs provided by the College of Civic and Financial Thought and Management, an instructional unit of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The varsity combines philosophy, historical past, economics and political science to look at nice concepts and remedy up to date issues. Programs corresponding to Nice Concepts in Politics and Ethics; Debating Capitalism; Politics and Management within the Age of Revolutions: 1776-1826; and Globalism, Nationalism and Citizenship put together college students for careers in such fields as enterprise, regulation, public workplace, philanthropy, instructing and journalism, amongst others.