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PSCI 0060 Nineteenth-Century Political Thought

The legacy of nineteenth-century political thought is long and enduring, having shaped the contours of twentieth and twenty-first-century political theory and practice. This course examines nineteenth-century political thought. It explores how the advent of democracy, and the competing visions of it, shaped fundamentally the preoccupations of nineteenth-century political thinkers defining the way they understood concepts such as equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, tyranny, and revolution.

Sample Topics:

 Benjamin Constant, Political Writings

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

J.S. Mill, On Liberty

J.S. Mill, Subjection of Women

Robert Owen, A New View of Society

G.W.F. Hegel, Elements of Philosophy of Right

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, The Manifesto of the Communist Party

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

One Semester... not nearly enough
After only one semester at CMRS I found I hadn’t had nearly enough.  The academic experience itself was incredibly engaging and I felt like my wri...
Mrig Mehra, Spring Semester 2012, Middlebury College