1. Orient the student on the history of
Political Philosophy by introducing
important concepts, terms, and
personalities on Political Philosophy
2. Relate political philosophy to actual
practice of politics.
1. A reflection on political phenomena
2. makes use of and contains analytical,
descriptive and historical material through
3. the test of political theory ought to be
historical, rather than metaphysical
4. reflection on the right or the best kind
of political order.
5. enriches the cumulative store of
wisdom and ideas
6. It has been formulated in periods of
crisis-economic, military, cultural or
7. Is the results from the immersion of
the writer in the political phenomena of
8. Political philosophy is related directly
to political life.
9. Political philosophy is partly a process of
communion with the past involving familiarity
with the great writers, a continuing discourse
with history, a process.
10. Political philosophy serves to clarify and
make precise political concepts, to redefine
and re analyze the political terminology of
11. Political philosophy examines
customary beliefs and practices in the
possibility that what has been accepted
as an imponderable
12. Political philosophy helps to
evaluate the present correctly.
13. Political philosophy is a search for
14. Political philosophy is teleological in
its nature, it can suggest it cannot
15. The great THEORIST, like the great
artist is the person with sympathy,
understanding and imagination gains insight
into the needs of his time.
16. Political philosophy is abstraction,
and abstraction is meaningful only
when it is related to concrete example
and actual behavior.
17. Political philosophy is grounded in
the acquisition of empirical data.
18. All theories of society are based on a
particularly hierarchy of values.
19. Political theorist must be concerned about
correct ends, not means
20. Political philosophy cannot escape philosophic
arguments about the nature of man, free will or
determinism, rational and instinctive behavior, the
meaning of progress and of change, the quality of
The Great Political Theories
M. Curtis, 1981 p.13-21