GOV 335M • Might and Right Among Nations
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
A study of major alternative approaches, elaborated by some of the greatest political theorists, to the question of the moral character of international relations. The basic aim of the course is twofold: 1) to gain a better understanding of what kind of justice and law (if any) exists among nations; and 2) to gain a better understanding of what justice itself means, in human relations, as its nature is revealed under the stress of the intensely competitive international arena, always overshadowed by the threat of war.
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War Francisco de Vitoria, Selections from Political Writings, Cambridge, 1991, ISBN# 052136714x Thomas Hobbes, On the Citizen Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, Cambridge, 1989, ISBN# 0521369746 Excerpts from J. J. Rousseau (to be made available in hand-out) Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, Routledge, 1992, ISBN # 0415345472 Kant, Political Writings, Cambridge, 1991, ISBN# 0521398371