PHIL 110
History of Modern Moral and Political Philosophy Fall 2023
Division II Writing Skills

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This course is a survey of 17th- and 18th-century moral and political philosophy. We will consider whether our individual actions and our societal structures are based in our self-interested desires, our natural instincts, and/or our nature as rational, free, and equal human beings. Authors will include: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hutcheson, Hume, Smith, and Kant.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1669
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will write a number of short essays.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-years
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will write a series of short essays, developing key skills of philosophical writing, including, most prominently, formulating a thesis and developing an argument. Students will receive feedback on drafts, and be required to substantially revise a one graded paper as a final project.

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