Political Science

POLS3446Subjects, Citizens, Individuals: Politics of the Early Modern World (O)3 ch (3C) (W)
Upheaval, change and disorder, a “world turned upside down”: these are all terms associated with political life in seventeenth-century England.  How did political writers, from Thomas Hobbes and Margaret Cavendish, to the Levellers and John Locke, conceive of this flux, and what roles did they envision for subjects, citizens and individuals in the early modern world?  In this lecture/seminar course, we will map the rise of modern liberalism, individualism, notions of property, the state and the body.