PLPT 407 G. Klosko
Liberalism and Its Critics 248B Cabell; x3092
Spring 2004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30,
and by appointment
Books have been ordered at the University Bookstore. All books are on reserve in Clemons
Library. Shorter readings are on the class toolkit page
The course has four main themes: (1) central concepts in liberal political theory; (2) classic works
in the liberal tradition and how the tradition developed from “classical liberalism” to contemporary
liberalism, based on the welfare-state; (3) major criticisms of liberal political theory; (4) liberal
discourse: the distinctive way liberal political theory supports its claims, and why it uses this form of argument.
- Locke, The Second Treatise on Civil Government, in Two Treatises of Government(Cambridge,
- Bentham: “Selections from Principles of Legislation,” in Introduction to Contemporary
Civilization in the West (toolkit)
J.S. Mill, On Liberty (Hackett, paperback)
The Liberal Conception of Freedom
J-J. Rousseau, The Basic Political Writings (Hackett paperback):
Discourse on the Origins of Inequality
Discourse on Political Economy (pp. 111‑127).
- Berlin, “Two Concepts of Liberty,” in Four Essays on Liberty(toolkit).
- Constant, “The Liberty of the Ancients and the Liberty of the Moderns,” inConstant: Political
Writings, B. Fontana, ed. (toolkit).
- Tucker, ed., The Marx‑Engels Reader, Second Edition
(Norton, paperback): Selections: Preface, to Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy;
German Ideology, Communist Manifesto.
- T. Hobhouse, Liberalism, in Hobhouse, Liberalism and Other Writings(Cambridge, paperback).
T.H. Green, “Lecture on Liberal Legislation and Freedom of Contract,” in Lectures on the Principle
of Political Obligation and Other Writings (toolkit).
- Rawls, “Justice as Fairness,” Philosophical Review, 67 (1958) (toolkit).
Rawls, A Theory of Justice (Harvard, paperback), Chaps. I‑III; IV: Secs. 33‑35, 38‑40; VI; VII: Secs.
66‑67; VIII: Sec. 77; IX: Secs. 78‑82, 85‑7.
- Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia(Basic Books, paperback): pp. 1-231
- Sandel, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice(Cambridge, paperback)
Rawls’s “Political Liberalisim”
Rawls, “Justice as Farness: Political Not Metaphysical,” Philosophy and Public Affairs,
14 (1985) (toolkit)
Rawls, “The Idea of an Overlapping Consensus,” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, (1987)
- Foucault, Discipline and Punish(Vintage, paperback).
- Dworkin, “Liberalism,” in A Matter of Principle(toolkit).
- Galston, “Two Concepts of Liberalism,” Ethics, 105 (1995) (toolkit).
- Macedo, “Liberal Civic Education and Religious Fundamentalism: The Case of God
- John Rawls?” Ethics, 105 (1995) (toolkit).
- 1. Midtermand final
- 2. Paper of 10-12 pages, analytical or research, on a topic of your choosing. Paper is due on
Wednesday 21 April. Late papers will be penalized; incompletes will not be given.
- 3. You must do the reading, come to class, and be prepared to discuss it. Class participation is
taken into account and weighed heavily in grading. Excessive, unexplained absences are grounds for being dropped from the class.