Modern Political Theory

GFPT 302                                                                                                  G. Klosko

Modern Political Theory                                                                            Cabell 248B; x4-3092

Spring 2002                                                                                      



Books have been ordered at the University bookstore and should be purchased if at all

possible.  All material is on reserve in Clemons Library.  Shorter Readings are on reserve

only (on the course toolklit page).



  1. Hobbes, Leviathan(Cambridge, paperback): Chaps. 1-18, 20-21,   26, 28-30, Review

and Conclusion


  1. Locke, The Second Treatise on Civil Government, in Two Treatises of Government

(Cambridge, paperback)


  1. Hume, Hume’s Moral and Political Philosophy, H. Aiken, ed. (Hafner, paper): pages:

1-130, 185-206, 356-372


Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge, paperback): Books 1-12, 14, 19


The Federalist, #’s 9, 10, 47, 51 (on reserve only)


  1. Rousseau, The Basic Political Writings(Hackett paperback):

Second Discourse;

Discourse on Political Economy (pp. 111-127);

The Social Contract


  1. Bentham: Selections, in Introduction to Contemporary  Civilization in the West(on

reserve only: on toolkit page)


J.S. Mill, On Liberty (Hackett, paperback)


  1. W. F. Hegel, The Philosophy of Right(Oxford, paperback),
  2. 1-36, 105-223 (in conjunction with “Additions,” pp. 259-97)


  1. Tucker, ed., The Marx-Engels Reader, Second Edition

(Norton, paperback): pages (to be read in this order): 3-6, 681-2, 469-500, 146-200,

143-145, 203-217, 294-302, 361-76, 419-442, 760-68





  1. Midterm and final examinations.  Date of midterm, tentatively: March 20 and 25 (two-

class examination).


  1. Analytical paper, on subject of your own choosing (approx 12. pp.), due Wednesday 24 

April.  Late papers will be penalized; incompletes will not be given.


Grading: final exam and paper count 37%; midterm counts 25% (with class participation

then added).  Final examination is loosely cumulative.


  1. Discussion Section:  You must attend discussion section;  attendance will be taken, and

excessive absences penalized.  You must do the reading and be prepared to

discuss it.  Class  participation will be taken into consideration and weighed

heavily in grading.



Secondary Sources in the History of Political Theory (on reserve)


  1. H. Sabine, The History of Political Theory.


  1. Plamenatz, Man and Society, two vols. (Machiavelli through   Marx)


  1. Forsyth and M. Keens-Soper, eds., A Guide to the Political Classics: Plato to 

Rousseau (Oxford, 1988)


  1. Forsyth, M. Keens-Soper, and J. Hoffman, eds., The PoliticalClassics: Hamilton

to Mill (Oxford, 1993)


  1. Hampsher-Monk, A History of Modern Political Thought.


Also useful are: Encyclopedia of PhilosophyInternational Encyclopedia of the Social 

SciencesEncyclopedia Britannica.