PHIL 110
History of Modern Moral and Political Philosophy Fall 2024
Division II Writing Skills

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This course is a survey of 17th-, 18th-, and 19-century moral and political philosophy. We will consider what, if anything, justifies the rules of morality and law, and we will consider the nature, value, and limits of freedom. We will ask whether our individual actions and our social and political structures are based in our self-interested desires, our natural instincts, or our rationality. Authors will include: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Kant, Smith, Marx, and Mill.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1585
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 their papers prior to submission.

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