6 – 7:30 pm
We will explore the origins of ideas about democracy and constitutional government through the writings of four major thinkers of the modern era: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and John Stuart Mill. Topics for discussion include the roots of government, personal liberty, and human equality.
William J. Meyer is Professor Emeritus of political science from the University of Michigan-Flint. He has taught and published in the field of political theory.
Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Hackett Publishing Co. 1994. ISBN: 0872201775
Locke, John. Second Treatise on Government. Prometheous Books, 1986. ISBN: 0879753374
Rousseau, Jean Jacques. Social Contract and First and Second Discourses. Yale University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0300091419
Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. Simon & Brown, 2012. ISBN: 1613823738
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Eight sessions, $220.