below are my specialised paper guides and reading lists for courses i teach. these are intended to be complementary to the relevant faculty reading lists and lecture series, and should be used in conjunction with those.
the diligent and adventurous should also consult the list of interesting books.
first year students in particular are advised to consult this excellent guide on how to write university essays.
the analysis of modern politics
week 1 – hobbes
week 2 – weber
week 3 – the federalists
week 4 – tocqueville
week 5 – schumpeter
week 6– nietzsche
the history of political thought c. 1700-1890
introduction and week 1 – luxury and commercial society
week 2 – hume
week 3 – montesquieu
week 4 – rousseau
week 5 – the political thought of the french revolution
week 6 – burke
for historians, two further supervisions are compulsory. for hsps students, two further supervisions may be provided if requested. suggested topics: smith; kant; nationalism and the state; empire and civilisation in nineteenth-century political thought.
philosophy: set texts
weeks 1 and 2 – plato’s meno
weeks 3 and 4 – john stuart mill’s on liberty
ethics and world politics
week 1 – realism and moralism
week 2 – patriotism and the state
week 3 – conceptualising human rights
week 4 – debating the ethics of political violence
handouts for lectures will appear here as term progresses. (n.b. handouts for lectures on j.s. mill will only appear after each session.)
michaelmas term 2016:
from idealism to realism: morality’s contested place in political theory
lent term 2016:
j.s. mill: on liberty and the subjection of women