CLASSICS OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
PROFESSOR RICHARD ARNESON
12/06/2007 REVISED SYLLABUS.
Please note. This course syllabus contains information not duplicated in the extra announcements below.
Week 1. September 27-30.
FRI: First Lecture Notes.
Week 2. October 1-7.
WED: Lecture Notes, Locke on Property.
FRI: Reading: A. J. Simmons, "Tacit Consent and Political Obligation."
Lecture Notes, Locke on Tacit Consent.
Week 3. October 8-14.
Week 4. October 15-21.
MON: Lecture Notes, Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality.
Week 5. October 22 -28. UCSD CAMPUS CLOSED DUE TO SOUTHERN CALIFIORNIA FIRES.
The midterm exam has been rescheduled for Friday, November 2, in class, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
The midterm will cover the course material (lectures, readings, handouts) covered in weeks 1-4 plus Rousseau, The Social Contract and the Frederick Neuhouser essay with the link below, along with associated class lectures.
Week 6. October 29-November 4.
MON and WED: Lectures on The Social Contract (see Syllabus for details). Monday lecture notes.During this time there will also be two makeup lectures on The Social Contract.
MON-TUES: Notes for makeup lectures. First makeup lecture: Monday, Oct 29, 5:00-5:50 p.m in Philosophy Dept. Library, 8025 Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg., NE corner of 8th floor of building, Muir Campus. Same lecture repeated on same day at 6:00-6:50 p.m. York 4080A, Revelle Campus. Second makeup lecture: Tuesday, October 30, 5:00-5:50 p.m. in Philosophy Dept. Library. Same lecture repeated on same day at 7:00-8:00 p.m, Philosophy Dept. Library. (If you have a problem gaining access to the Bldg, around seven p.m., be aware that I will open the outside elevator door on the ground floor (floor 2) at 7:55 p.m.
Reading: Frederick Neuhouser, "Freedom, Dependence, and the General Will."
ADVANCE HANDOUT ON MIDTERM(passed out in class wednesday.)
FRI: MIDTERM EXAM IN CLASS.
Week 7. November 5-11
MON: Recommended reading: Michael Walzer, "excerpt from "Hard Work,"chapter 6 of his Spheres of Justice: MAKEUP LECTURE ON MARX: Monday, November 5, 5-6 p.m. in Philosophy Dept. Library, 8025 Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg. Recommended reading: Michael Walzer, excerpt from "Money and Commodities," chapter 4 of his Spheres of Justice.Notes, Marx on alienated labor. Makeup lecture notes: Marx on Money.
WED: Handout on historical materialism. Another handout, Marx, "Preface to the Critique of Political Economy," is available only in class.
WED: Writing assignment (due in class November 30).Tips on writing philosophy papers. Another brief guide to writing philosophy papers.
FRI : Reading: Allen Wood, "The Marxian Critique of Justice." Notes, Marx as moralist/antimoralist.
Week 8. November 12-18
MON: NO CLASS. VETERANS' DAY OBSERVED.
WED: Recommended reading: Arneson on Marx.
Week 9. November 19-25.
WED: Reading: Mill, Utilitarianism, chapter 2 excerpt. Recommended: Mill, On Liberty, chapter 1.
FRI: NO CLASS. THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.
Week 10. November 26-December 2.
MON: Reading: J. S. Mill, On Liberty, chapter 1.Notes on chapter 1.
WED: Lecture Notes, Mill on Individuality.
FRI: Lecture notes, chapters 4-5.
Week 11. December 3-9.
MON: Reading: J. S. Mill. Principles of Political Economy, Book V, chapter 11.
WED: Reading: J. S. Mill, Principles of Political Economy, Book IV, chapter 6. Also: chapter 7, sections 1-4. Recommended reading: Mill, Chapters on Socialism. Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4.
FRI: Reading: Mill Considerations on Representative Government, chapters 6, section 1 and section 2, and 8, section 1, section 2, and section 3. Old lecture notes on Mill.
ADVANCE INFORMATION ON FINAL EXAM
Short-answer questions from past final exam.
The final exam takes place on Monday, Dec 10, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in our regular classroom (WLH 2207).
Arneson's office hours: Tuesdays 2-3 and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 in HSS 8057.
Arneson's email: firstname.lastname@example.org