Spring 2018





The Social Contract

Term: 
Spring 2018
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
PHILOSOPHY (PHIL)
Course Number: 
PHIL 008 601
Schedule: 
Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm
Day(s): 
Thursday
Instructor: 

BERNSTEIN, JUSTIN

Secondary Program: 
Young Scholars Program
Course Description: 

This is a critical survey of the history of western modern political philosophy, beginning from the Early Modern period and concluding with the 19th or 20th Century. Our study typically begins with Hobbes and ends with Mill or Rawls. The organizing theme of our inventigation will be the idea of the Social Contract. We will examine different contract theories as well as criticisms and proposed alternatives to the contract idea, such as utilitarianism. Besides the above, examples of authors we will read are Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Mill and Marx.