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PIED 1601 Reading List

Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Derek Edyvane
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 editions will do. It is also possible to access the full texts on-line:  and

2. John Locke, Two Treatises on Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration.

Any editions will do, though the Oxford University Press edition is ideal. It is also possible to access the full texts on-line: (2nd Treatise) and

3.  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: and

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:

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: John Locke I

Required Reading:

Locke, The Second Treatise of Government

Chapter II (Of the State of Nature)

Chapter III (The State of War)

Chapter VIII (Of the Beginning of Political Society)

Chapter IX (Of the Ends of Political Society and Government)

Chapter V (Of Property)

Further Reading:


Becker, L C Property rights : philosophic foundations., chs 1-4

Dunn, JThe Political Thought of John Locke, chs 6, 8, 9, 10

Horton, J & Medus, S (eds.) John Locke 'A letter concerning toleration' in focus

Lloyd Thomas, DRoutledge philosophy guidebook to Locke on government

Marshall, JJohn Locke : resistance, religion and responsibility, Pt. II

Parry, GJohn Locke, chs 3-5

Reeve, AProperty

Ryan, AProperty and political theory, ch 1

Simmons, A JThe Lockean theory of rights, ch 5


Aschcraft, R ‘Revolutionary Politics and Locke’s Two Treatises of Government: Radicalism and Lockean Political Theory’,Political theory, 1980

Cohen, J ‘Structure, Choice, and Legitimacy: Locke’s Theory of State’,Philosophy & public affairs., 1986

Creppell, I ‘Locke on Toleration: The Transformation of constraint’,Political theory, 1996

Day, JP ‘Locke on Property’,The philosophical quarterly., 1966

Goldwin, RA ‘Locke’s State of nature in Political Society’,Western political quarterly, 1976

Hancey, JO ‘John Locke and the Law of nature’, Political theory., 1976

Macphearson, C ‘The Social Bearing of Locke’s Political Theory’,Western political quarterly., 1954

Simmons, AJ ‘Inalienable Rights and Locke’s Treatises’,Philosophy & public affairs., 1983

Simmons, AJ ‘Locke’s State of Nature’,Political theory., 1989

Tickness, A ‘Rethinking the Intolerant Locke’,American journal of political science., 2002

Waldman, T ‘A Note on John Locke’s Concept of Consent’,Ethics., 1957


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5. Week Five: John Locke II

Required Reading:

Locke, The Letter Concerning Toleration

See Week 4 for further reading.

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6. Week Six: 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.

Bergès, Sandrine, Botting, Eileen, Coffee, Alan (eds.). 2019. The Wollstonecraftian Mind. Abingdon, Oxon: 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! -!/1759MaryWol1797


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7. Week Seven: Mary Wollstonecraft II

Required Reading:

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

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 are available from 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. 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:

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:;view=1up;seq=690

John Stuart Mill, 'On the Negro Question', available on-line:

George Fitzhugh, Cannibals All! Or, Slaves Without Masters, available on-line:

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:

My Bondage and My Freedom, available on-line:

‘If There is No Struggle, there is No Progress’. Available at 

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:

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 26/09/2019