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

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39657 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
WAG 210

Course Description

Course Description: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are the two greatest English political philosophers and two of the greatest philosophers of any age. This seminar will focus on their political philosophies, which include discussions of the original condition of human beings (the state of nature), the origin of government, the scope and limits of sovereignty (government), the justification of revolution, and the nature and place of religion within a society. The first class meeting will provide the context of seventeenth century philosophy as a preparation for a close reading of the texts. For that week we will discuss "Introduction" of Leviathan and Preface of Two Treatises of Government.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 30% Midterm Essay: 20% (3-5 pages; 500-1500 words) Final Essay: 50% (10-15 pages; 2500-4000 words) This essay may be a revision and expansion of the midterm essay.


Books: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, (edited by either Edwin Curley, J. C. A. Gaskin, C. B. Macpherson, A. P. Martinich, or Richard Tuck). John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge UP) A. P. Martinich, Philosophical Writing 3rd ed. (Blackwell) Recommended: A. P. Martinich, Hobbes (Routledge) Jeremy Waldron, God, Locke, and Equality (Cambridge UP)


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