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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Al P. Martinich

Professor PhD, University of California at San Diego

Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy
Al P. Martinich



A specialist in the history of modern philosophy and the philosophy of language, his books include Communication and Reference (1984), The Two Gods of Leviathan (Cambridge, 1992), A Hobbes Dictionary (Blackwell, 1995), and Thomas Hobbes (St. Martin's, 1997). His book, Hobbes: A Biography (Cambridge, 1999) won the Robert W. Hamilton Faculty Book Award for 2000. He has also translated Hobbes' Computatio sive logica: Part One of De Corpore (1981), is co-editor with David Sosa of the leading anthology on The Philosophy of Language (sixth edition, Oxford, 2013), and also co-editor with David Sosa of Analytic Philosophy: An Anthology (second edition, Wiley, 2012) and A Companion to Analytic Philosophy (Blackwell, 2001). He is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of The Journal of the History of Philosophy, and has twice held NEH Fellowships. He has lectuerd extensively in Chine and has published articles in which he applies analytic philosophy to Chinese philosophy.

EUS 346 • Origins Of Liberalism

36725 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WAG 208
(also listed as CTI 335, PHL 354 )
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Liberal democracy is roughly the theory that individual persons are free and equal and must be respected by governments. Freedom and equality are typically connected with the rights of individuals. Key concepts to be discussed include liberty, democracy, the social contract, and the nature of authority and obligation.

The theory behind liberalism developed from or competed with several traditions such as democracy, republicanism and absolute sovereignty. These traditions were influenced by various religious, economic and political beliefs over a long period of time. Perhaps the most crucial period in this development was seventeenth-century (Stuart) England.

This course is interdisciplinary. It will cover such political and religious events as the Gunpowder Plot, Charles I’s Personal Rule, the Long Parliament, the English Civil War and the execution of King Charles I, the Commonwealth, the Restoration of the Monarchy, the Exclusion Crisis, and the Glorious Revolution. Some classic works in political philosophy such as Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan and John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government will be discussed, along with those by lesser but still significant theorists such as John Milton. The political relevance of some literary works, such as Milton’s, “On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament,” and John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel may also be discussed.

A large part of this course will consist of working on a research paper, either alone or in partnership with one or two other students, as dictated by the topic and student interest.

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