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The Modern Political Tradition – Hobbes to Habermas
Prof. Lawrence Cahoone’s course consists of 36 lectures. We’ll handle them two at a time, so we’ll have 18 sessions. Participants have the option of streaming the lectures from Kanopy or Hoopla at their leisure or watching the lectures in person at the Library. The showing at the Library will commence at 10am. The discussion will begin at 11:15. You have the option of attending in person or via Zoom. If you are going to attend via Zoom you must sign up for the course. If you want a reminder of the classes, sign up for the course. You’ll get the Zoom invitation as an added bonus.
Week 1 – October 6, 2022
Lecture 1 – Origins and Conflicts of Modern Politics
None – It’s the first lecture for heaven’s sake.
Lecture 2 – Ancient Republics, Empires, Fiefdoms
- Aquinas, Summa theologica, Part II, question 40, “Of War.” Part II is available for free download from Project Gutenberg.
- Aristotle, Politics. Also available for download from Libby and Hoopla.
- Augustine, City of God, Book XIX. Also available for download from Libby and Hoopla.
- Plato, The Republic. Also available for download from Libby and Hoopla.
Week 2 – October 20
Lecture 3 – Machiavelli’s New Order
- Machiavelli – Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy and The Prince – Both are available in hard copy in this edition and for download in Hoopla. The Prince is available in Libby.
- Benner, Erica – Be like the fox : Machiavelli in his world – An eBook is available for download in Libby and an audiobook is available for download in Hoopla.
Lecture 4 – Hobbes, Natural Law, the Social Contract
- Hobbes – Leviathan – Available for download in Libby
Week 3 – November 3
Lecture 5 – Locke on Limited Government and Toleration
- Locke –A Letter Concerning Toleration and Second Treatise of Government – Both these works are collected in many different volumes held by WLS libraries. The Second Treatise is available for download from Libby
Lecture 6 – Rousseau’s Republican Community
- Rousseau – The First and Second Discourses and On the Social Contract – Many WLS libraries own these collected into one volume. Also, eBooks and audiobooks of Rousseau’s works are available for download from Hoopla.
Week 4 – November 17
Lecture 7 – Kant’s Ethics of Duty and Natural Rights
- Stathern, Paul – Kant in 90 Minutes – A downloadable audiobook of Stathern’s work is also available through Hoopla. Okay, so this one wasn’t recommended by Prof. Cahoone but if you must,
- Kant – Critique of Practical Reason is available for download from Libby and all his critiques are on Hoopla.
Possible Discussion Question – How does Kant’s view fit with the notion of “natural rights”?
Lecture 8 – Smith and the Market Revolution
- The Essential Adam Smith, edited by Robert L. Heilbroner.
- Libby has a two part (six hours total) audiobook explanation of the The Wealth of Nations.