This course examines the theoretical foundations of liberalism and radical critiques of it from both the left and the right. In addition to exploring the political implications of the various conceptions of nature, human nature, justice, freedom, and equality found in the works of various thinkers, students use their arguments to reflect on contemporary liberal democratic theory and practice. Thinkers studied typically include Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, Nietzsche, and others. This course serves as a senior research seminar.
Prerequisites: PG 104 or permission of instructor. Credit will not be granted to students who have received credit for PG 441.