End of Class Questions
September 28, 2011: Give an example of a collective action problem and explain why it is one.
Oct. 3, 2011: Hobbes is a noncognitivist about the good, not necessarily an egoist. Explain.
Oct. 5, 2011: In Leviathan Hobbes identifies 15 so-called “laws of nature”. But they are not really laws. What is their status in the state of nature? In your answer, explain why they are not really laws. Ground your answer in the text.
Oct. 10, 2011: Grounding your answers in the text, show that Hobbes is committed to the following:
(a) Acts based on fear are voluntary.
(b) Covenants based on fear are binding.
Oct. 12, 2011: What is (or are) the most important difference(s) between Hobbes and Locke’s account of the state of nature. Ground in your answer in the Lockean text.
Oct. 17, 2011: Why does Locke think it is ludicrous to base the absolute power claimed by a monarch on the parental power in the state of nature? Ground your answer in the text.
Oct. 19, 2011: What, according to Locke, are the terms of the original agreement? Ground your answer in the text.
October 24, 2011: How does Rousseau’s conception of the state of nature compare with that of Hobbes and Locke? Ground your answer in the Rousseau text.
October 26, 2011: What does Rousseau mean by the general will? Ground your answer in the text.
October 31, 2011: Who is your favorite philosopher of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau? Explain.
Nov. 7, 2011: What is necessary for the human propensity to truck, barter, and exchange to make people better off in general?
Nov. 9, 2011: Give examples of two laws that are “good for us”, one with a paternalistic rationale and one with a non-paternalistic rationale and explain the difference.
November 14, 2011: For Kant, who are the co-legislators? Explain.
Nov. 16, 2011: What are Burke’s objections to Rousseau?
Nov. 21, 2011: In what ways does Tocqueville agree with Burke?
Nov. 28, 2011: What does Hegel mean by an ethical life?
Nov. 30, 2011: In what ways is Marx a closet Hegelian (in spite of himself)?
Dec. 5, 2011: Explain Marx’s theory of surplus value or exploitation in terms of his labor theory of value.