This course will survey key issues, themes and concepts associated with modernity, including some of the following: origins, limits, and legitimacy of political authority; rights and equality; freedom and power; individualism, individuality and citizenship; and radicalism and revolution. We will also study the relationship between politics and economics, history, and morality, respectively. The course will explore the fundamental principles of modern political thought as well as key components in the critique of modernity. Readings will be drawn from the work of authors such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Kant, Descartes, Mill, Tocqueville, Burke, Paine, Wollstonecraft, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud.
2016-2017 Course Catalog / Courses / Modern Political Thought