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

Laura Rabinowitz

M.A. in Government, University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in Government and Philosophy, Skidmore College


Classical political thought (especially moral and political virtue); early modern political thought; constitutional law and theory

GOV 351J • Might And Right Among Nations

39203 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 1
(also listed as CTI 323 )
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Course Description:

International relations in general, and wars in particular, force us to confront many of the most important questions of political life: What is the nature of justice, and are its demands global in scope? What is law, and in what form does or should it exist among nations? What are, or should be, the respective roles played by necessity, interest, morality, and religion in international affairs? To what extent is a just or peaceful world order possible, and how might it be achieved? In this course we will see how some of the greatest political theorists have tried to answer such questions. From Thucydides to Kant, we will study some of the most influential approaches to understanding the moral character of international relations.


The Landmark Thucydides, Simon & Schuster, ISBN# 0684827905 Robert B. Strassler, ed.

Vitoria, Political Writings, Cambridge, ISBN# 052136714x Pagden & Lawrence, eds.

Thomas Hobbes, On the Citizen, Cambridge, ISBN# 0521437806 Tuck and Silverthorne, eds.

Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, Cambridge, ISBN# 0521369746 Anne Cohler et al., eds. and trans.

Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Harper, ISBN# 0061311596 H. J. Paton, trans.; and Political Writings, Cambridge, ISBN# 0521398371, H. Reiss, ed.

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