Western Political Theory (PSCI 4683) Readings

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I. The Ancients

1) Selected Readings from Plato’s Republic

2) Selected Readings from Aristotle’s Politics

The Church Fathers to the Enlightenment

3) Selected Reading from Augustine’s City of God

4) Selected Readings from Aquinas’ Summa Theologica

5) Selected Readings from Machiavelli's The Prince (pdf format)

Social Contract Theory

6) Selected Readings from Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan

7a) Selected Readings from John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government

7b) The Declaration of Independence

7c) FEDERALIST No 10

7d) FEDERALIST No 51

7e) FEDERALIST No 78

8a) Selected Readings from Rousseau's The Social Contract

8b) Selected Readings from Rousseau's Discourse

8c) The French “Declaration of the Rights of Man” and Citizens (August 27, 1789)

The Conservative Reaction

9)  Selected Quotes from Edmund Burke & Reflections on the Revolution of France

Modern Political Theory

10) Marx and Engels' The Communist Manifesto

Other handouts in class.