It is common to suppose that modern society has detoured in some crucial aspect (or aspects). However, it is difficult to visualize what a more successful model of society could be.
Join Professor John McWhorter - an academic, linguist and teacher in the Core - to examine the prescriptions of various thinkers over the past two thousand-plus years, to both assess whether we have progressed beyond their ideas and whether we find their ideas still include constructive counsel for our modern moment. Readings will include Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Smith, Mill, Marx and Fanon.
Session 1: The purpose of government
Plato, The Republic (Hackett), pp. 186-212.
Hobbes, Leviathan (Oxford), pp. 82-6, 123-7
Session 2: The Communal versus the Individual
Locke, Second Treatise of Government (Political Writings, Wootton,ed., Hackett), pp. 261-9
Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Grove), pp. 1-14
Session 3: The Nature of Progress
Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (The Basic Political Writings, Hackett), pp. 69-80
Mill, On Liberty (On Liberty, Utilitarianism, and Other Essays, Oxford), pp. 35-51
Refreshments will be served.
Class Fee, which includes entry to all three sessions:
$160 for Alumni and guest
$100 for Young Alumni in class years 2008-2017, and guest