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PHIL 5542 Themes in Modern Political Philosophy (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

We will study themes which became central to the tradition of Western political philosophy in the modern period, when revolutionary changes were occurring in religious and political spheres due to the Reformation, Wars of Religion, and the intellectual sphere due to the burgeoning Scientific Revolution. After a look at ancient and medieval philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas to understand what was genuinely new in modern political thought, we will turn to intensive engagement with great modern figures such as Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Rousseau, and end with some contemporary approaches to political authority and obligation.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jonathan Trejo-Mathys

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13