Philosophy 265 S
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Sidney Smith 2135 Professor Gopal Sreenivasan
Thurs 12-2:00 215 Huron Street, Room 921
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Hackett).
Locke, Two Treatises of Government (
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract (Hackett).
Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (Basic Books).
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (Harvard).
Books are available for purchase at the University Bookstore
There will be three in-class examinations, each worth 15 percent of the final grade. There will also be a final examination, worth 45 percent of the final grade. Participation in tutorials will count for 10 percent of the final grade. There will be no essays.
January 6 Introduction -- no reading.
Jan 13 Hobbes, chh. 6, 10-11, and 13-17.
Jan 20 Hobbes, chh. 18-19 and 29-30.
Jan 27 Hobbes, chh. 21, 24, and 28.
February 3 Locke, Second Treatise, chh. 1-5.
First in-class exam.
Feb 10 Locke, Second Treatise, chh. 7-14.
Feb 17 Reading week.
Feb 24 Locke, Second Treatise, chh. 17-19.
March 3 Rousseau, Social Contract, bks. 1-2.
Second in-class exam.
March 10 Rousseau, Social Contract, bks. 3-4.
March 17 Nozick, pp. 3-35, 48-53, and 96-119.
March 24 Nozick, pp. 149-182.
March 31 Rawls, sections 1-6, 11-17, and 20-25.
Third in-class exam.
April 7 Rawls, sections 26-30 and Nozick, pp. 183-231.
There will be a weekly tutorial in this course with a TA. Tutorials are offered on Thursdays from 11-12 (right before class), 2-3 (right after class), and 3-4.
Everyone must be signed in to a tutorial. All in-class examinations will be written in the tutorial! Participation in tutorial also counts for ten percent of your grade.
1-3. Room 921,
office hours by appointment.
TAs Farshid Baghai, Danielle Bromwich, and Abigail Levin.
Their office hours will be announced.