Philosophy | Special Topics in Philosophy
P470 | 3403 | McCarty


To[ic: Political Thought

The course is a close examination and detailed analysis of three texts
crucial to the skeptical tradition in political thought: David Hume's
"Political Essays," Edmund Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in
France," and Michael Oakeshott's "Rationalism in Politics and Other
Essays." There will also be readings that provide essential background
to the main texts.

A student's grade in the course will be based on reading and class
participation; frequent written, essay-style assignments; daily
quizzes; and three sit-down, in-class, written examinations.

Authorization of instructor required for enrollment. Prospective
students will be expected to have attained a solid background in
political philosophy, perhaps by completing Philosophy 343.