Modern Political Theory|
Fall 2009 not offered
This course surveys major thinkers in political philosophy in Europe from the 17th to 19th centuries. Attention is given to the historical context of thinkers, their influence on one another, and the contemporary relevance of their thought. Topics addressed will include the relation among philosophy, language, and politics; the meaning and foundations of rights; the notion of property; the idea of social contract; the ideas of state sovereignty and individual autonomy; the role of reason in politics; the role of nature and natural law in politics; the concepts of liberty, equality, and justice; the idea of representation; the meaning of liberalism and the relationship between liberalism and democracy; the role of toleration; and the relation among identity, recognition, and politics.
Ethical Reasoning, Writing
Course includes substantial writing, as well as engagement with moral political philosophy.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Thomas Hobbes, LEVIATHAN
John Locke, SECOND TREATISE ON GOVERNMENT
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ON THE SOCIAL CONTRACT; "Discourse on Inequality"
G.W.F. Hegel, THE PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT
Karl Marx, "Communist Manifesto" "Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844" "On the Jewish Question"
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Three 6-8 page papers, final exam
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