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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2008

GOV 382M • Empire and Early Modern Theory

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39655 T
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
MEZ 1.104
Gregg, B

Course Description

How canonical thinkers, challenged by the discovery of global human diversity and concerned about the legitimacy of conquest and colonization, responded with core concepts of modern political theory: reason, progress, sovereignty, property, freedom, and rights.

A final essay of 6000 to 8000 words. Course grade will be adjusted for the quality of in-class participation, including weekly Blackboard submissions. Students will submit for feedback, but not a grade, first an abstract and later a preliminary draft.


Montaigne, Locke, Diderot, Kant, Mill, Vitoria, Grotius, Pufendorf, Hobbes, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Hume, Burke, Marx


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