This paper in the history of philosophy has as its primary focus the study of Thomas Hobbes. The focus of the paper will be Hobbes's masterpiece Leviathan. We will study Hobbes in comparison to other social contract theorists of the 17th century, including Spinoza and Locke. We will also be interested in the evaluation of Locke's psychology, ethics, politics and philosophy of religion against contemporary alternatives.
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|Advanced History of Philosophy
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- 36 PHIL points at 200-level or above
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- Paper Structure
Essential reading each week will be a chapter or more of Leviathan.
Supplementary readings will vary week to week. They will include other works of Hobbes, other 17th-century primary sources, and secondary sources.
Class will include student presentations, lecture and debate.
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan. Edited by Edwin Curley. Indianapolis, Hackett.
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- Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:
- Present, criticise and defend the positions and central arguments of Leviathan
- Demonstrate understanding and correct use of philosophical concepts involved in the paper
- Explain different accounts of the social contract in Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke
- Explain central issues in early modern ethics and moral psychology
- Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of central course texts
- Use texts effectively in written interpretative argument