The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Al P. Martinich

Affiliated Faculty, Adjuncts and LecturersPhD, University of California at San Diego

Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy
Al P. Martinich


  • Phone: 512-484-8186
  • Office: WAG 416A
  • Office Hours: TH 10:30-11:30 and by appointment
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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.


GOV 382M • Political Phil: Hobbes/Locke

37919 • Fall 2015
Meets M 1230pm-330pm WAG 312
(also listed as PHL 381)


Graduate standing and consent of Graduate Advisor or instructor required.

Course Description

Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are two of the greatest political philosophers of all time. 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 final week will be devoted to David Hume’s political philosophy.


Class participation: 30%

Final Essay 70% (14-20 pages; 4000-6000 words; due on the last day.)


Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, (edited by either Edwin Curley, J. C. A. Gaskin, A. P. Martinich, or Richard Tuck).

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge UP)

A. P. Martinich, Philosophical Writing 4th  ed. (Wiley-Blackwell) 



This seminar satisfies the History requirement.

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