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Political Philosophy: Modern

Fall 2010

POL 3143 001 and 901 Dan Engster

TR 3:30-4:45 Office: MS 4.03.36

Classroom: BB 3.04.06 and FS 2.506 Office hrs.: TR 1:00-3:00

Email: Office phone: 458-5645
This course provides an introduction to some of the major thinkers and themes in Western political philosophy from the middle of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century (the modern period). The first part of the class focuses on the development of the state and liberalism. The second part of the class looks at some of the main critiques of the state and liberal traditions, including Jean-Jacque Rousseau’s radical democratic theory, Mary Wollstonecraft’s feminist theory, Karl Marx’s class theory, and Friedrich Nietzsche’s moral theory. By the end of the course, students should be able to articulate the main ideas of each of these authors and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their views. More generally, students should have a deeper understanding of the roots of contemporary political ideas and be better able to express their own views about the nature of a just political society.
The following books are available at the UTSA Bookstore, the Student Bookstore on Roadrunner Way, and L&M Bookstores. They are also on reserve at the 1604 library. In some cases, the reserve books are not the same editions that I ordered for the class. The content is nonetheless the same. If you use the library reserve books, you should read the assigned chapters rather than the assigned page numbers.
Hobbes, Thomas, Leviathan, ed. Edwin Curley, (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1994).
Locke, John, Second Treatise of Government, (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1980).
Marx, Karl, The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker, (New York: Norton, 1978).
Mill, J.S., On Liberty, (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1978).
Nietzsche, Friedrich, On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo, tr. Walter Kaufmann,

(New York: Vintage Books, 1967).

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, The Basic Political Writings, tr. Donald Cress, (Indianapolis:

Hackett Publishing, 1987).

Wollstonecraft, Mary, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, (Dover, 1996).

  1. Paper: You are required to write one paper. The paper should be 6-8 pages, typed and double-spaced, and counts 30% toward your final grade. I will pass out more detailed instructions about the paper assignment later in the semester. You may turn in your paper anytime between November 1 and December 3.

  1. Exams: There are two in-class short answer/essay exams: a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam. Each exam counts 25% toward your final grade. Make-up exams will be given only to students who present a note from the Dean or a doctor explaining their absence on the day of the exam. In any case, all make-up exams will be penalized a minimum of 15 percentage points.

  1. Participation: Your participation counts 20% toward your final grade. Your participation grade will be based on two factors: reading quizzes and in-class group projects. Reading quizzes will be given at the beginning of class to test whether or not you have done the reading. You will receive credit or no credit for these quizzes. Group projects will be assigned periodically in class. These projects are written assignments that you will produce as a group in response to some questions related to the course topics and readings.

Support services, including registration assistance and equipment, are available to students with documented disabilities through the Office of Disability Services (DSS), MS 2.03.18. Students can contact that office at 458-4157 to make arrangements.

Any student who submits plagiarized work for any assignment in the class, including summaries and papers, will receive a F for the class. For more information about plagiarism, see the plagiarism class hand-out.
8/26: Introduction
8/31: Hobbes, Leviathan, chapters 1, 2, 6, 11-13, p 6-11, 27-35, 57-78.
9/2: Hobbes, Leviathan, chapters 13-15, p 74-100.
9/7: Hobbes, Leviathan, chapters 17-19, 21, p 106-127, 136-145.
9/9: Hobbes, Leviathan, chapters 29-31, p 210-244.
9/14: Locke, Second Treatise, chapters 1-5, p 7-30.
9/16: Locke, Second Treatise, chapters 7-12, p 42-77.
9/21: Locke, Second Treatise, chapters 13-16, 19, p 77-100, 107-124.
9/23: Mill, On Liberty, chapters 1-2, p 1-52.
9/28: Mill, On Liberty, chapters 3-4, p 53-91.
9/30: Mill, On Liberty, chapter 5 p 93-113.
10/5: Rousseau, Basic Political Writings, p 33-60.
10/7: Rousseau, Basic Political Writings, p 60-81.
10/12: Rousseau, Basic Political Writings, p 141-153.
10/14: Rousseau, Basic Political Writings, p 153-168.
10/19: Rousseau, Basic Political Writings, p. 173-78, 197-207, 220-27.
10/21: Midterm Exam.
10/26: Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Introduction and Chapters 1-3.
10/28: Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Chapters 4, 8, 9.
11/2: Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Chapters 10-12.
11/4: No Class.
11/9: Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, Marx-Engels Reader, p 66-93, 101-105.
11/11: Marx, The German Ideology, Marx-Engels Reader, p 146-175.
11/16: Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto, Marx-Engels Reader, p 473-500.
11/18: Marx, Capital, Marx-Engels Reader, p 302-314, 329-36, 351-364.
11/23: Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface and First Essay, p 15-56.
11/25: Thanksgiving Holiday. No Class.
11/30: Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, p 57-96.
12/2: Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Third Essay, p 97-163.
12/10: FINAL EXAM 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.

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