Oligarchy: Theory and History

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Politics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Oligarchy: Theory and History
Spring 2024
Taught By: Andreas Kalyvas
Section: A

CRN: 14644

Credits: 4

This course examines the political theory of the concept and practice of oligarchy from Greek and Roman antiquity to Western modernity and the age of capitalist globalization. We will treat oligarchy as a central yet evolving political concept through which we can explore and interrogate the relationship between wealth and power, private property and public authority, state and social classes, legal rights and economic inequalities, capitalism and democracy, in an attempt to elucidate and reconstruct the broader paradigm of politics that became associated with the rule of the few. The course also focuses on the different forms and modalities of the politics of the few rich, their source of legitimacy, their claims to rulership, and their hierarchies and exclusions. Respectively, we will critically investigate how oligarchy, which in the long tradition of political thought, has been defined in tension with democracy, has in the last two centuries gradually fused with it giving birth to new political forms such as the representative governments of liberal oligarchies.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:24am EDT 7/24/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1101
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024