Dr Derek Edyvane
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
- Required Reading
- 1. Week One: Introduction
- 2. Week Two: Jean-Jacques Rousseau I
- 3. Week Three: Jean-Jacques Rousseau II
- 4. Week Four: John Locke I
- 5. Week Five: John Locke II
- 6. Week Six: Mary Wollstonecraft I
- 7. Week Seven: Mary Wollstonecraft II
- 8. Week Eight: Karl Marx I
- 9. Week Nine: Karl Marx II
- 10. Week Ten: Frederick Douglass I
- 11. Week Eleven: Frederick Douglass II
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:
Any editions will do. It is also possible to access the full texts on-line:
Any editions will do, though the Oxford University Press edition is ideal. It is also possible to access the full texts on-line:
Any edition will do, though the Oxford University Press edition is ideal. It is also possible to access the full texts on-line:
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
1. Week One: Introduction
There is no required reading this week
2. Week Two: Jean-Jacques Rousseau I
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/
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.
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.
3. Week Three: Jean-Jacques Rousseau II
Rousseau, The Social Contract, especially Books I and II
See Week 2 for further reading.
4. Week Four: John Locke I
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)
BOOKS AND CHAPTERS
Becker, L C Property rights : philosophic foundations.: , chs 1-4
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
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
5. Week Five: John Locke II
See Week 4 for further reading.
6. Week Six: Mary Wollstonecraft I
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! - https://twitter.com/#!/1759MaryWol1797
7. Week Seven: Mary Wollstonecraft II
Vindication of the rights of woman, Chapters 1, 2, and 12.
See Week 6 for further reading.
8. Week Eight: Karl Marx I
Marx, The Communist Manifesto
Further Reading on Marx:
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.
9. Week Nine: Karl Marx II
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
10. Week Ten: Frederick Douglass I
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: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=inu.30000080778727;view=1up;seq=690
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/
‘If There is No Struggle, there is No Progress’. Available at https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/1857-frederick-douglass-if-there-no-struggle-there-no-progress/
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.
11. Week Eleven: Frederick Douglass II
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