Political Science 212B: History of Political Thought: Early Modern (Renaissance to French Revolution)

Instructor: Professor Kinch Hoekstra

This course fulfills an elective requirement for the DE in REMS.

In this iteration of the course in Renaissance and Early Modern Political Thought, we will focus on a close reading of The Elements of Law (1640) by Thomas Hobbes.  This work has a similar range to that of Hobbes’s 1651 Leviathan, though with much less attention to theological and ecclesiastical matters.  The earlier weeks of the course will be devoted to a consideration of background materials that are also of intrinsic interest, including Jean Bodin’s Six Books of the Republic.

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