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PIED 1601 Reading List

Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Graham Smith
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Required Reading

During the course of the module, we will study influential texts in Western political thought. You will need to acquire copies of each of the following:

1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  Discourse on the origin of inequality and The Social Contract .

Any edition will do, though the Penguin and Cambridge University Press editions are ideal. It is also possible to access the full text on-line:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11136  and https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/46333

2.  Mary Wollstonecraft,  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman  and  A Vindication of the Rights of Men

Any edition will do, though the Oxford University Press edition is ideal. It is also possible to access the full texts on-line:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3420 and http://classicliberal.tripod.com/maryw/vrom.html

3. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Any edition will do, though the Penguin edition is ideal. It is also possible to access the full text on-line:


4. Karl Marx, The 1859 Preface; The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844; The Communist Manifesto

Any edition of The 1844 Manuscripts or The Communist Manifesto will do, though the Penguin and Oxford University Press editions (of the latter) are both ideal. It is also possible to access the full texts on-line:




5. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Any edition will do, though the Penguin edition is ideal. It is also possible to access the full text on-line:


NB. You will find, in the learning resources section of the VLE, a reading list with suggestions for further reading, but your primary focus should be on the texts listed above


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1. Week One: Introduction

There is no required reading this week

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2. Week Two: Jean-Jacques Rousseau I 

Required Reading:

Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality among Men

Optional reading for Lecture 2: George Orwell, ‘Politics and the English Language’ (1946), available from: http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit/

Further Reading:

Abizadeh, A. 2001. ‘Rousseau on Rhetoric, Patrie and the Passions’, Political Theory. , 29, 556-582.

Affeldt, S. 1999. ‘The Force of Freedom – Rousseau on Forcing to be Free’, Political Theory. , 27.3, 229-333.

Bertram, Christopher. 2003. Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Rousseau and The Social Contract , Routledge.

Charvet, John. 1974. The social problem in the philosophy of Rousseau, Cambridge University Press.

Cohen, Joshua. 1986. ‘Reflections on Rousseau: Autonomy and Democracy’, Philosophy & Public Affairs. , 15, 275-288.

Cohen, Joshua. 2010. Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dent, N.J.H. 2005. Rousseau, Routledge.

Evans, M. 1995. ‘Freedom in Modern Society: Rousseau’s Challenge’, Inquiry, 38, 233-255. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Hampsher-Monk, Iain. 1992. A History of Modern Political Thought : Major Political Thinkers from Hobbes to Marx , Blackwell (chapter 4).

Kennedy, Ellen. 1987. Women in Western Political Philosophy : Kant to Nietzsche , Wheatsheaf. (Canovan’s chapter on Rousseau).

MacAdam, J.I. 1972. ‘The Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract’, Philosophy. , 47, 308-321. Reprinted in J. Lively & A. Reeve, eds., Modern Political Theory from Hobbes to Marx: Key Debates (1989) (and see Editors' introduction, 104-12).

O’Hagan, Timothy. 2003. Rousseau, Routledge.

Riley, Patrick. 1970. ‘A Possible Explanation of Rousseau’s General Will’, The American Political Science Review. , 64, 86-97.

Riley, Patrick. 2001. The Cambridge Companion to Rousseau, Cambridge University Press.

Wokler, Robert. 2001. Rousseau : A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press. 


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3. Week Three: Jean-Jacques Rousseau II

Required Reading:

Rousseau, The Social Contract, especially Books I and II

See Week 2 for further reading.

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4. Week Four: Mary Wollstonecraft I

Required Reading:

Wollstonecraft,   Vindication of the Rights of Men.

Further Reading on Wollstonecraft 

Bergès, Sandrine. . 2013. The Routledge guidebook to Wollstonecraft's A vindication of the rights of woman. London: Routledge.

Bryson, Valerie. 2003. Feminist Political Theory: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gordon, Charlotte. 2016.  Romantic outlaws : the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley. Windmill Books.

Johnson, Caludia (eds.). 2003. The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kelly, Gary. 1992. Revolutionary feminism : the mind and career of Mary Wollstonecraft. New York: St. Martin's.

Knott, Sarah and Taylor, Barbara (eds.). 2005. Women, gender and enlightenment. Palgrave MacMillan.

Sapiro, Virginia. 1992. A vindication of political virtue : the political theory of Mary Wollstonecraft. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Taylor, Barbara. 2003. Mary Wollstonecraft and the feminist imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Todd, Janet. 2000. Mary Wollstonecraft : a revolutionary life. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson.

Yeo, Eileen Janes. 1997. Mary Wollstonecraft and 200 years of feminisms. London: River Oram.

See also :




Mary Wollstonecraft is on twitter! - https://twitter.com/#!/1759MaryWol1797


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5. Week Five: Mary Wollstonecraft II

Required Reading:

Vindication of the rights of woman, Chapters 1, 2, and 12.

See Week 4 for further reading.

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6. Week Six: John Stuart Mill I

Required Reading:

Mill, On Liberty, Chapters I, III and IV

Further Reading on Mill  

Berlin, Isaiah (1969) Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Brink, D. (2013) Mill's progressive principles (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Capaldi, N. (2004) John Stuart Mill: a Biography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Cowling, Maurice (1990) Mill and Liberalism ¸ second edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Dyzenhaus, D. (1992) ‘John Stuart Mill and the Harm of Pornography’, Ethics 102: 534-51.

Gray, John (1983) Mill on Liberty: A Defence (London: Routledge)

Gray, John and Smith, G.W. (1991) J.S. Mill: On Liberty in Focus (London: Routledge)

Riley, Jonathan (1991) ‘One Very Simple Principle’, Utilitas 3 (1): 1-35.

Riley, Jonathan (1998) Mill on Liberty (Routledge)

Riley, Jonathan (2005) ‘J.S. Mill’s Doctrine of Freedom of Expression’, Utilitas 17 (2): 147-179.

Ryan, Alan (1987) The Philosophy of John Stuart Mill, second edition (Amherst, NY: Humanity Books)

Skorupski, John (2006) Why Read Mill Today? (London: Routledge)

Wolff, Jonathan (1997) ‘Mill, Indecency and the Liberty Principle’, Utilitas 9

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7. Week Seven: John Stuart Mill II

Required Reading:

On Liberty, Chapters II and V

See Week 6 for further reading.

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8. Week Eight: Karl Marx I

Required Reading:

Marx, The Communist Manifesto

Further Reading on Marx:

Texts by Marx:

‘On the Jewish Question’

‘The German Ideology’

All are available from http://marxists.org or in David McLellan’s Selected Writings.

Secondary reading on Marx:

Avinieri, Shlomo. 1968. The social and political thought of Karl Marx.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Callinicos, Alex. 2010. The revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx. Bloomsbury, London: Bookmarks.

Cohen, G.A. 1978 Karl Marx's theory of history : a defence. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Eagleton, Terry. 2011. Why Marx was right. London: Yale University Press.

Himmelweit, Susan. 1991. Reporduction and the materialist conception of history: A feminist critique. In: Carver, T. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Marx. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 196-221.

Hobsbawm, Eric. 2011. How to change the world : Marx and Marxism 1840-2011. London: Abacus.

Harvey, David. 2010. A companion to Marx's Capital. London: Verso.

Mason, Paul. 2015. Postcapitalism. London: Verso.

McLellan, David. 1973. Karl Marx : his life and thought. London: Harper & Row

Morrison, Kenneth. 1995. Marx, Durkheim, Weber. London: Sage.

Munck, Ronaldo. 2016. Marx at 2020 : after the crisis. London: Zed.

Singer, Peter. 2001. Marx : a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Valls, Andrew. 2005. Race and racism in modern philosophy ISBN: 9780801472749 (pbk.); 9780801440335 (hbk.) : No price; 0801440335 (hbk.) : No price; 0801472741 (pbk.) : No price. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press. (chapter 12)

Wheen, Francis. 2001. Karl Marx : a life. London: Fourth Estate

Wolff, Jonathan. 2003. Why read Marx today? Oxford: Oxford University Press.

http://www.marxists.org has loads of useful info and resources.

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9. Week Nine: Karl Marx II  

Required Reading:

Marx,  'Estranged Labour', in The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts. - Available online: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/labour.htm

See Week 8 for further reading

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10. Week Ten: Frederick Douglass I

Required Reading:

Douglass, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, chapters I-IX

Optional reading for Lecture 2: 

Thomas Carlyle, 'Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question', available on-line: http://www.efm.bris.ac.uk/het/carlyle/occasion.htm

John Stuart Mill, 'On the Negro Question', available on-line: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/deviance/race1/17NQuestion/index.htm

George Fitzhugh, Cannibals All! Or, Slaves Without Masters, available on-line: http://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/fitzhughcan/fitzcan.html#fitz106

Further Reading on Douglass:

Texts by Douglass:

'What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? ' available in the Penguin edition of the Narrative  and on-line: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july/

My Bondage and My Freedom, available on-line: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/202

Secondary reading on Douglass:

Bennett, Nolan. 2016. To Narrate and Denounce: Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Personal Narrative, Political theory.  44/2: 240-64.

Boxill, Bernard R., 1992, Blacks and social justice. Rev. ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Davis, Angela Y. 2010. 'Lectures on Liberation' in F. Douglass and A. Davis, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself : a new critical edition A New Critical Edition, Open Media Series. San Francisco: City Lights Books.

Lawson, Bill E. and Frank M. Kirkland, 1999, Frederick Douglass : a critical reader, Blackwell Critical Readers. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Lee, Maurice S., 2009, The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, Cambridge Companions to American Studies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Martin, Waldo E., 1984, The mind of Frederick Douglass. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Sundstrom, Ronald. 2012. 'Frederick Douglass', Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource].  on-line at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/frederick-douglass/

Washington, Booker, T. 1968. Frederick Douglass. New York: Haskell House.

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11. Week Eleven: Frederick Douglass II

Required Reading:

Douglass, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, chapters X and XI

See Week 10 for further reading.

This list was last updated on 14/11/2017