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Modern Political Philosophy: Origins of the U.S. Constitution

PHIL 46S
3 units
June 26 - August 19, 2017
Section 1   T, TH  3:00PM - 4:20PM

In this course, we consider the political philosophy that culminated in the
founding of the U.S. Constitution. We will consider, among other questions:
• What assumptions about human nature were made by thinkers in this tradition?
• What are rights and where do they come from?
• Why do we form government and what is the common good preserved or promoted by government?
• What is required to preserve our political institutions?
• What is the role of law in civil society?
• To what extent does the political success of the U.S. require virtue?
In this discussion based seminar, we will read Machiavelli , Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Lincoln, and the American Founders.

Prerequisite

None

Syllabus

Syllabus 2017