Presentation Title: Modern Political Philosophy

Section: Modern Political Philosophy Panel I

Location: , 403

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:15am - 10:30am


 Panel on Modern Political Philosophy and American Constitutionalism

Scholars of political philosophy disagree over whether Machiavelli or Hobbes initiated the break with antiquity that ushered in what is now called modern political philosophy.  But both philosophers shared the view, as did Bacon, Spinoza, Locke and Montesquieu, that classical political philosophy, with its emphasis on the best regime, was unrealistic.  This led to an emphasis on rights over duties and identified the object of learning and politics with “the relief of man’s estate” (Bacon) and the protection (and increase) of property (Locke).  These philosophers focused on institutional arrangements for securing stable government and they devoted substantial attention to religion.  Much of what these philosophers advocated can be found in American constitutionalism. 

We, the students of Modern Political Philosophy (PS 318), propose to present several papers on this subject, followed by commentary and then general discussion.

Type of Presentation: Class oral (75 minute)

Oral presenters
Presentation Area: Political Science

Presentation Topic: Policy/Politics

Arts presenters

Class Project
Course name: Modern Political Philosophy
Course Instructor: Dry, Murray P.
Number of presenters: 5

Presenter Information
Presenter(s): LaBarba, Nathan Gerald, Kanchaveli, Salome, Fitzgerald, Mohan Luc
Major(s): Joint Political Science and Philosophy; Political Science; Mathematical Sciences
Class Year(s): 2014; 2014; 2014

Sponsor(s): Dry, Murray P.
Dept(s): Political Science

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