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

Spring 2005

GOV 382M • Hobbes and Locke

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36607 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
WAG 210

Course Description

Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are two of the greatest English 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. In addition to these topics in political theory, Hobbes’s metaphysics and his views about religion will be discussed. The first class meeting will provide the context of seventeenth century philosophy as a preparation for a close reading of the texts. During that We will discuss during that meeting “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)


Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, (Any edition by Edwin Curley, J. C. A. Gaskin, A. Martinich, or Richard Tuck is acceptable.) John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge UP) A. P. Martinich, Philosophical Writing 2nd ed. (Blackwell)


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