European Intellectual History from Renaissance to Enlightenment

History 164A

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
MWF 900-1000

Between 1500 and 1800, European thought helped to build the foundations of modern culture, politics, economy, government, law, and religion. This course will introduce students to this transformative period in intellectual history. It will showcase the interactions of ideas and their wider cultural contexts. Its content will range from the Renaissance rediscovery of antiquity to the Scientific Revolution, from the theological innovation of the Reformation to the new forms of political theory that accompanied both French and American Revolutions. Readings will consist principally of primary texts from the period, and will range among a series of writers, including: Erasmus, Martin Luther, Niccolò Machiavelli, John Calvin, Michel Montaigne, Thomas Hobbes, Benedict Spinoza, Rene Descartes, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and others.

Course Books

Discourse on the Origins of Inequality by Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Penguin. ISBN: 9780140444391 Required
Theological-Political Discourse by Spinoza, Baruch Cambridge. ISBN: 9780521530972 Required
Leviathan by Hobbes, Thomas Penguin. ISBN: 9780140431957 Required
Discourse on Method by Descartes, Rene Hackett. ISBN: 9780872204201 Required
Discourse on Free Will by Luther, Martin and Erasmus, Desiderius Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781780938233 Required
Political Writings by Vitoria, Francisco de Cambridge. ISBN: 9780521367141 Required
Conciliarism and Papalism by Muldoon, James (editor) Cambridge. ISBN: 9780521476744 Required
Utopia by More, Thomas Penguin. ISBN: 9780300084290 Required
The Prince by Machiavelli, Niccolo Penguin. ISBN: 9780140449150 Required
Treatise on Laws by Gratian, trans. Thompson et al. CUA Press. ISBN: 9780813207865 Required
On the Social Contract by Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Penguin. ISBN: 9780143037491 Optional
Discourses on Metaphysics by Leibniz, G. W. HAckett. ISBN: 9780872201323 Optional