SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY PHI387
Joel L. From, Ph.D. Office: Room # 132
Winter 2007 Office Hours: M/W: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
3 Credit Hours Office: 756-3203
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This course will critically analyze and evaluate philosophical theories of political and social organization. Attention will be given to primary source documents and to the social and intellectual milieu surrounding these classic theories. Authors studied will include: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Marx.
Classics in Political Philosophy. Jene M. Porter, ed. 3d ed.
Hallowell, John H. and Jene M. Porter. Political Philosophy: The Search for
Humanity and Order.
Class Notes: Each student is required to purchase a voucher for the Social and Political Philosophy class notes at the bookstore. These notes will be distributed throughout the term. The bookstore will send your instructor a notice to confirm your purchase.
Quick Reference Format Guide 2006-07: Each student is required to have a copy of the current Quick Reference Format Guide. If you do not possess one, please purchase one at the bookstore.
A. Each student is invited to
participate in a work group of approximately 3 members. The major task assigned
to these groups is to produce a 2-3 page summary of the argument(s) contained
in the primary-source readings by Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and
Rousseau. Each group will choose two of these philosophers to summarize. The
summaries are due as follows: Augustine, February
Value: 15% x 2 = 30% (+ 5% bonus, where applicable)
B. Each student is invited to write a 2500+ word thesis defense paper dealing with a substantive issue in political philosophy. Typically, these papers will concentrate on a controversial issue within the thought of a single philosopher. Your paper will be primarily evaluated on its argument, that is, its critical appraisal of the issue. It is very important that your analysis be philosophical (conceptual and reconstructive) and not just a chronicle of what others have said. Students should submit drafts of their papers to the other members of their work group and their instructor no later than March 15th (no late papers will be accepted). Each group member will then write a 2-3 page evaluation of the others’ drafts by March 27th and return a copy of the same to its author and his or her instructor. Students are invited to revise their papers in accordance with the recommendations offered. The final drafts and portfolio (which should include the first draft and evaluations by peers) are due on April 10th.
Evaluation of Others’ Drafts: 10%
Final Draft: 10%
C. Each student will write a Final Exam (as scheduled by the Registrar) worth 30% of the course grade.
COURSE OUTLINE AND
Introduction Political Philosophy (PP), xi-xvi
Plato: Political Philosophy Versus Politics Classics in Political Philosophy, 1-44, 45-100
Aristotle: Political Art as Virtuous Deliberation Classics, 101-73
The Hellenistic Age and the Roman Lawyers PP, 96-125
Augustine: The Limitations of Political Life Classics, 174-202
Aquinas: Aristotle, Law, and the Good of Man Classics, 203-24
Machiavelli: That The Glory Might Return Classics, 247-63
Hobbes: Sovereign Volition as Political Order Classics, 264-85, 285-328
Locke: Government as Institutionalized Freedom Classics, 329-80
Rousseau: The (Un)Social Contract Classics, 381-436
J. S. Mill and Utilitarianism Classics, 503-43
Karl Marx Classics, 554-96
Nietzsche and The End of History Classics, 597-655
(Materials Available in Archibald Library)
Alder, Mortimer J. and Peter
Wolff. The Development of Political
Theory and Government.
Annas, Julia. An introduction to Plato's Republic.
Aquinas, Thomas. Nature and Grace, Selections from the Summa
Theologica. Translated and edited by A. M. Fairweather.
Arendt, Hannah. On Revolution.
Aristotle. The Ethics of Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics. Trans. J. A. K. Thomson. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976.
Augustine, Saint. The Political Writings of
Bacon, Francis. The History of the Reign of King Henry VII
and Selected Works. Edited by Brian Vickers.
Burke, Edmund. The Philosophy of Edmund Burke: A Selection from His Speeches and
Writings. Edited by Louis I. Bredvolt and Ralph G. Ross.
________. On the American Revolution: Selected Speeches and Letters. Edited
by Elliott Robert Barkan.
________. Reflections on the Revolution in
Chaplin, Jonathan and Paul
Marshall. Political Theory and Christian
Comte, Auguste. Early Political Writings. Edited by H.
Feinberg, Joel. Social Philosophy.
Goldsmith, M. M. Hobbes's Science of Politics.
Hall, John Cecil. Rousseau: An Introduction to His Political Philosophy.
Hallowell, John H. and Jene M.
Porter. Political Philosophy: The Search
for Humanity and Order. Scarborough, Ont.: Prentice Hall
Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay, and
James Madison. The Federalist Papers.
Harris, Ian. The Mind of John Locke: A Study of Political Theory in its Intellectual
Havelock, Eric A. The Greek Concept of Justice: From its
Shadow in Homer to its Substance in Plato.
Hegel, Georg W. F. Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. Translated
by Thomas M. Knox.
Hobbes, Thomas. On the Citizen. Translated by Richard
Tuck and Michael Silverthorne.
Hooker, Richard. Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.
Edited by Arthur S. McGrade.
Laslett, Peter. Philosophy, Politics and Society: A Collection.
Locke, John. The Second Treatise of Civil Government.
Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Edited by Quentin Skinner
and Russell Price.
Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels. The Communist Manifesto. Trans. Samuel Moore. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967.
Mill, John Stuart. On
More, Thomas. Utopia. Edited by Edward
Morris, Charles Richard
and Mary Morris. A History of Political
Oakeshott, Michael J. “Introduction
to Leviathan.” In Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays.
Oakeshott, Michael J. “The Moral
Life in the Writings of Thomas Hobbes.” In Rationalism
in Politics and Other Essays.
Ockham, William. A short discourse on the tyrannical government
over things divine and human, but especially over the Empire and those subject
to the Empire, usurped by some who called highest pontiffs. Edited by
Arthur S. McGrade. Translated by John Kilcullen.
Paine, Thomas. Common Sense.
Laws of Plato. Translated by A. E. Taylor.
Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice.
Rosenblum, Nancy L. Bentham's Theory of the
Sabine, George Holland. A History of Political Theory.
Seneca. Moral and Political Essays. Edited and translated by John M. Cooper
and J. F. Procope.
Contract: Essays by Locke, Hume, and Rousseau. Introduction by Ernest Barker.
Social Contract: Essays by Locke, Hume, and Rousseau.
Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in
Voltaire, Francois. Political Writings.
Watkins, John W. N. Hobbes's System of Ideas: A Study in the Political Significance of
Weber, Max. Political Writings. Edited and translated by Peter Lassman and
Wiser, James L. Political Philosophy: A History of the Search for Order.
Course content, requirements, and examination times are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.