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ASPO 1370A - War, peace and the sovereign state : political thought from Machiavelli to Kant

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course examines the evolution of political ideas from the early 16th century to the end of the 18th, with a particular focus on the emergence and development of the related concepts of sovereignty, the state and international law. Beginning with Machiavelli, in whose writings the shape of modern political thought is first discernible, it will examine successively the theories of Bodin, Grotius, Hobbes, Locke, Pufendorf, Rousseau and Kant. The course will be of equal interest to students of Political Science and International Relations.


SHARKEY, Ronan (Maître de conférences des Universités)

Pedagogical format

Cours magistral hebdomadaire Séminaires de méthodes hebdomadaire

Course validation

A. Continuous assessment (in the seminars): 67%, comprising (i) essay (“term paper”): refer to seminar programme; (ii) oral presentations: refer to seminar programme; (iii) “grade modifying mark” (at the discretion of the seminar supervisor) B. Final exam (2h): 33%

Required reading

  • Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Hobbes, Leviathan, De Cive
  • Locke, Second Treatise of Government
  • Rousseau, Social Contract and Discourses
  • Kant, Political Writings, ed. H. Reiss

Additional required reading

  • Quentin Skinner, Foundations of Modern Political Thought, 2 vol., Cambridge UP, 1978
  • Richard Tuck, The Rights of War and Peace: political thought from Grotius to Kant, Cambridge UP, 1993
  • Edward Keene, International Political Thought: an historical introduction, Polity Press, 2005

Senior lecturers

  • DE LIGIO, Giulio (Professeur)
  • SCHOLZ, Danilo (Etudiant doctorant)
  • SHARKEY, Ronan (Maître de conférences des Universités)
  • STANCIU, Ovidiu (Doctorant)