PHIL 332A:  READING ASSIGNMENTS

 

Reading assignments are taken from the Text [Steven M. Cahn, Classics of Modern Political Theory].  The text is available for purchase at the University Book Store.  Readings should be done before class on the Monday of the week they are assigned.

 

Week 1 (Sept. 28):  Introduction

 

Week 2 (Oct. 3-5):  Begin Hobbes

Reading Assignment:  TEXT:  Intro., pp. 78-80; Leviathan: Chapter 6, pp. 96-101; and Chapters 13-21, pp. 118-157.

 

Week 3 (Oct. 10-12): End Hobbes, Begin Locke

Reading Assignment:  (1) TEXT:  Leviathan: Chap. 26, pp. 161-171, and Chaps. 29-30, pp. 183-196. 

               (2) TEXT:  Intro., pp. 213-217; Second Treatise of Government: Chaps. 2-7 and 15, pp. 218-245 and 268-269.

 

Week 4 (Oct. 17-19):  Finish Locke

Reading Assignment:  TEXT:  Second Treatise of Government:  Chaps. 8-11, pp. 245-260, and Chaps. 18-19, pp. 276-290.

 

Week 5 (Oct. 24-26):   Rousseau

Reading Assignment:  TEXT:  Intro., pp. 366-369; Of the Social Contract, through Book 3, Chap. IV, pp. 420-449; Book 3, Chaps. IX-XVII, pp. 456-464; Book 4, Chaps. I-III, pp. 464-467; and Book 4, Chaps. VII-VIII, pp. 475-481.  (Make sure you read the notes to the assigned readings, pp. 481-485.)

 

Week 6 (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2):  Midterm Review and Midterm Exam

No reading assignment.  On Monday, we will review for the midterm by breaking the class up into groups to discuss topics that I will provide.  On Wednesday, Part I of the midterm exam will be given in class and Part II (a take-home essay) will be handed out at the end of class. It will be due in the PHIL 332 electronic dropbox at midnight on Sunday Nov. 8.

 

Week 7 (Nov. 7-9):  Smith and Kant

Reading Assignment for Monday:  (1) TEXT:  Intro., pp.518-521; The Wealth of Nations, Book 1, Chaps. 1-2, 4-6, and Book IV, Chap. 2, pp. 533-547.

Reading Assignment for Wednesday:  (2) TEXT:  Intro., pp. 553-556, "On the Old Saw: That May Be Right in Theory but It Won't Work in Practice", pp. 557-565; "On the Relation of Theory to Practice in International Law", pp. 566-569.

 

Week 8 (Nov. 14-16):  Burke and Tocqueville

Reading Assignment for Monday:  (1) TEXT:  Intro., pp. 665-667; Reflections on the Revolution in France, pp. 667-681.

Reading Assignment for Wednesday:  (2) TEXT:  Intro., pp. 709-712; Democracy in America: Chaps. 6-7, pp. 713-732.

 

Week 9 (Nov. 21):  Hegel

NO CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23 (HAPPY THANKSGIVING!)

Reading Assignment:  (1) TEXT:  Intro., pp. 733-736; Philosophy of Right, paras. 161-169, pp. 757-760; paras. 257-260, pp. 787-790; and paras. 341-360, pp. 828-832.

 

Week 10 (Nov. 28-30):  Begin Marx and Engels.

Reading Assignment:  (1) TEXT:  Intro., pp. 836-841; Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, pp. 841-849; The German Ideology, pp. 857-867; and Manifesto of the Communist Party, Parts I and II, pp. 867-882.

 

Week 11 (Dec. 5-7):  End Marx and Engels/Conclusion/Final Exam Review.

Reading Assignment:  (1) TEXT, “Value, Price, and Profit,” pp. 893-903.  On Wednesday, we will review for the final exam by breaking the class up into groups to discuss topics that I will provide.  The course evaluation will also take place on Wednesday.