Accueil > Evil and the Good Society in Modern Political Thought


Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course surveys the works of some of the major authors of modern political thought – in particular, but not only, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Mill and Marx – and aims to familiarise students with some of the main themes in modern political theory. Themes discussed will include the sources of political obligation and state authority, order, morality, and evil, freedom, equality and justice. A particular emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the social contract tradition. Students will be expected to read thoroughly before class and to actively participate in the bi-weekly seminars.


CARLSEN HAGGROT, Marcus (Doctorant)

Required reading

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), Leviathan (1651)

Additional required reading

  • John Locke (1632-1704), Second Treatise of Civil Government (1689)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract (1762)
  • Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858), Enfranchisement of Women (1851)
  • John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), On Liberty (1859)