The Rational Individual and the Social Contract: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Marx

ICT3777HS  L0101
Offered in Winter 2011  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The idea that society is based on a rational pact among autonomous individuals is a very old one in political philosophy, developed especially powerfully in early modern philosophy. It has had significant impact on existing laws and political institutions, but this impact has been both positive and negative. In this seminar we will look at the way this idea is developed and challenged by a number of classical authors: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx. Class participation; seminar presentations; and research paper.

Schedule: Tuesday, 13:30 to 16:30
Schedule Notes: This course was originally scheduled for the Fall Session.
Instructors: Shannon Hoff
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit

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