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POLS 7020X Modern Political Thought

(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as POL 702.
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30 hours plus conference; 3 credits

Analytical and historical examination of principal political thinkers from the sixteenth century through the nineteenth century. Topics to be considered include: the rise of liberalism and radical democratic theory; the conservative critique of revolutionary politics; the idea of rights and toleration; the rise of capitalism and Marxist criticism; the impact of Nietzsche. Theorists may include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Smith, Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche.


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