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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2007

T C 357 • Liberalism and Nationalism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44731 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
MEZ 1.104

Course Description

This course will explore the uneasy relationship between liberalism and nationalism in western political theory. Liberalism as a philosophical tradition is generally understood to be primarily concerned with the promotion and protection of individual freedom and agency, while nationalism as a political principle or ideology is concerned with the creation and maintenance of nations. Yet the two have been inextricably bound together in modern politics by the fact that historically the political communities in which liberal principles have been brought into being have been nation-states. What then is, and what should be, the philosophical and practical relationship between Liberalism and Nationalism? Can nations be liberal? Should liberals be nationalists? This course will focus on the various answers that liberal theorists have given to this question since the inception of liberal political theory, particularly the views of nineteenth century liberals such as John Stuart Mill and Lord Acton, who believed the two could be reconciled, and those of contemporary political theorists who defend the idea of "liberal nationalism" as morally justified and indeed desirable.

About the Professor

Juliet Hooker is Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Williams College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. Her research interests include Contemporary Political Theory, Feminist Theory, Comparative Political Theory, Latin American Political Thought, Nationalism, Critical Race Theory, and Latin American Politics. She recently completed a monograph entitled Race and the Politics of Solidarity to be published by Oxford University Press. Her articles on multicultural citizenship in Latin America and race and nationalism in Nicaragua have appeared in the Journal of Latin American Studies and the Latin American Research Review.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 15%
3 short response papers: 10% each, 30% total
In-class presentation of research paper and submission of research paper draft: 20%
Final revised research paper: 35%


Lord Acton, "On Nationality," Essays in the Liberal Interpretation of History Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights David Miller, On Nationality Susan Moller Okin, "Feminism and Multiculturalism: Some Tensions," Ethics Jeff Spinner, The Boundaries of Nationality: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty," and "Considerations on Representative Government." Yael Tamir, Liberal Nationalism


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