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POLI 7918 Hobbes and the Common Law (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

What is the relation between reason and law? This course will pursue this question through a study of two seminal works of Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan and the less familiar Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England. Related topics include the development of common law in the modern (Blackstonian) sense as distinguished from its pre-Hobbesian counterpart. This course may also be of interest to students of legal theory and of American politics and its “unwritten law” more generally.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Susan Shell

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 29-Jan-16