The History of Political Philosophy: From Plato to Rothbard, with David Gordon. (A Steve Berger-Kenneth Garschina Seminar)
June 4–8, 2007
Is the state a natural institution, an organic part of society with necessary functions? Or is it an artificial construct that only exploits society? Or is it something else entirely?
Great scholars have contributed to the philosophy of politics since the ancient world, each making a contribution for or against the idea of liberty, an idea that is both ancient and modern.
In this week-long seminar, intellectual historian David Gordon explains the thought of all the greats and deals with that of unknowns, as well. The seminar will consist of two primary lectures per day for five days, and discussion time with the professor.
- Plato [day 1, morning]
- Aristotle [day 1, afternoon]
- Thomas Aquinas [day 2, morning]
- Thomas Hobbes [day 2, afternoon]
- John Locke [day 3, morning]
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau [day 3, afternoon]
- Immanuel Kant and G. W. F. Hegel [day 4, morning]
- John Stuart Mill, Lysander Spooner and Herbert Spencer [day 4, afternoon]
- John Rawls [day 5, morning]
- Robert Nozick and Murray Rothbard [day 5, afternoon]