PSCI 0318

Modern Political Philosophy

Modern Political Philosophy
In this course. we will study: Machiavelli (Prince, Discourses); Bacon
(Advancement of Learning); Hobbes (Leviathan); Locke (Second Treatise);
Spinoza (Theological-Political Treatise); Montesquieu (Spirit of the Laws);
Rousseau (Social Contract); Burke (Reflections); Kant (Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, Perpetual Peace); Hegel (Introduction to Philosophy of History); Marx (Communist Manifesto, German Ideology, Capital); Nietzsche
(Beyond Good and Evil); Heidegger (Question Concerning Technology).
We will examine modernity's rejection of ancient thought, its later replacement of nature by history as the standard for right, and its subsequent rejection of any standard of right. Other topics include religion, freedom ofspeech, and the separation of powers. (PSCI 0101 or PSCI 0107 or PSCI 0317, or PSCI 0333, or waiver) 4.5 hrs. lect./disc. (Political Theory)/
Political Science
Political Science
Social Sciences
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Spring 2022

PSCI0318A-S22 Lecture (Dry)

Spring 2019

PSCI0318A-S19 Lecture (Dry)

Spring 2015

PSCI0318A-S15 Lecture (Dry)

Spring 2013

PSCI0318A-S13 Lecture (Dry)
PSCI0318B-S13 Lecture (Dry)

Fall 2010

PSCI0318A-F10 Lecture (Dry)
PSCI0318B-F10 Lecture (Dry)

Spring 2008

PSCI0318A-S08 Lecture (Dry)
PSCI0318B-S08 Lecture (Dry)

Spring 2007

PSCI0318A-S07 Lecture

Spring 2006

PSCI0318A-S06 Lecture (Dry)

Spring 2004

PSCI0318A-S04 Lecture (Dry)