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This list relates to the trimester Trimester 1 2019 which ended on 29/06/2019
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  1. Week 1 - The State and Power 2 items
    Readings for the first week of the course
    1. Weber: political writings - Max Weber 1994

      Book Recommended Read "The Profession and Vocation of Politics" Pp. 309-312, pp. 352-369 The most important pages are 309-312, where Weber defines the state.

  2. Week 2 - The State and Power 9 items
    Readings for the second week of the course
    1. The Problem of Political Authority : An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey - Michael Huemer 2012

      Book Required Read chapter 2, on justifications for the social contract

    2. Power: a radical view - Steven Lukes, EBSCOhost 2005

      Book Required Read chapter 1, which explains Lukes' theory of power. The introduction might set the book in context. Chapters 2 and 3 contain Lukes' responses to criticism and further elaboration of his theory of power; you do not need to read it.

    3. The Problem of Political Authority : An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey - Michael Huemer 2012

      Book Recommended Chapters 10-13 describe how an anarcho-capitalist society might work.

    4. Anarchy Works - Peter Gelderloos

      Webpage Recommended This reading describes how a modern anarcho-communist thinks an anarchist society might work, with examples.

    5. Supplementary readings for week 2 4 items
      These readings may help you understand the topics of the week in more depth.
      1. philosophy bites: Steven Lukes on Power

        Webpage Supplementary A podcast where Steven Lukes discusses his theory of power.

      2. Steven Lukes on the Concept of Power - Morriss, Peter 2006

        Article Supplementary A discussion of Luke's theory of power, from a critical perspective

      3. Anarchism - Petr Kropotkin

        Webpage Supplementary Petr Kropotkin's 1910 article on anarchism for the Encyclopedia Britannica, written by a famous anarcho-communist thinker.

      4. In Defense of Anarchism - Robert Paul Wolff

        Webpage Supplementary Another influential philosophical argument for anarchism.

  3. Week 3 - Democracy and Freedom 12 items
    Readings for week 3 of the course, on democracy and freedom
    1. Against Elections: The Lottocratic Alternative - Guerrero, Alexander A. 2014

      Article Required The first part of the article discusses the problems with modern representation; the second proposes an unconventional solution.

    2. Democracy and its critics - Robert Alan Dahl c1989

      Book Required Read chapter 4. A dialogue between a proponent of technocracy or guardianship and a proponent of democracy. Chapter 4 has the argument for guardianship, chapter 5 the response (the argument for democracy)

    3. What Democracy Is. . . and Is Not - Philippe C Schmitter, Terry Lynn Karl 1991

      Article Recommended A discussion of the concept of democracy as political scientists use it.

    4. Supplementary readings for week 3 9 items
      1. Democracy and the limits of self-government - Adam Przeworski 2010

        Book Supplementary Chapter 3 provides a good history of "representative institutions" since the 19th century.

      2. Against democracy - Jason Brennan 2016

        Book Supplementary

      3. EXPLORING "NON-WESTERN DEMOCRACY" - Youngs, Richard 2015

        Article Supplementary A discussion of "non-western democracy" and how it might help us understand rejections of "liberal" democracy

      4. Democracy for realists: why elections do not produce responsive government - Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels, Ebooks Corporation 2016

        Book Supplementary Good introduction to all the problems that make it difficult for modern democracies to be fully accountable to voters. Take a look at chapter 1 for an overview.

      5. Democracy and political ignorance: why smaller government is smarter - Ilya Somin 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Supplementary A good discussion of the problems political ignorance poses for democratic politics, proposing a solution that involves less democracy.

      6. Democracy and its critics - Robert Alan Dahl c1989

        Book Supplementary Chapter 5 is recommended

      7. The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volume XIX - Essays on Politics and Society Part 2 (Considerations on Rep. Govt.) - Online Library of Liberty - John Stuart Mill

        Webpage Supplementary Chapter 3 contains Mill's famous argument for why representative government is the best form of government

      8. Democracy despite itself: why a system that shouldn't work at all works so well - Danny Oppenheimer, Mike Edwards, ebrary, Inc c2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Supplementary

  4. Week 4 - Democracy and Freedom 3 items
    These are the key readings for week 4, on democracy and freedom.
    1. Political philosophy: a beginners' guide for students and politicians - Adam Swift 2006

      Book Required Read Part 2, Liberty

    2. Political ideologies: an introduction - Andrew Heywood 2012

      Book Recommended Read the chapter on liberalism

    3. Supplementary readings for week 4 1 item
      1. Two Concepts of Liberty - Berlin, Isaiah 2002

        Article Supplementary The famous "Two Concepts of Liberty" piece by Isaiah Berlin that introduces the distinction between positive and negative liberty.

  5. Week 5 - Justice and Equality 5 items
    These are the key readings for week 5.
    1. Justice as Fairness - John Rawls 04/1958

      Article Required This reading can be a bit difficult.

    2. Five Faces of Oppression - Iris Marion Young

      Chapter Required The most important pages to read are: 41-42 and 48-63

    3. Anarchy, state, and Utopia - Robert Nozick 1974

      Book Required Read Chapter 7, pp. 149-164, 174-182

    4. Political ideologies: an introduction - Andrew Heywood 2012

      Book Recommended Read the section on libertarian conservatism

    5. Supplementary readings for week 5 1 item
      1. John Rawls - Wenar, Leif

        Article  The Stanford encyclopedia of Philosophy on John Rawls. May be useful to get a sense of what Rawls is doing.

  6. Week 6 - Justice and Equality 7 items
    1. The ABCs of Socialism - Jacobin Magazine (various authors)

      Document Required Read at least the second short chapter, by Erik Olin Wright ("But at least capitalism is free and democratic, right?"). Other chapters may also be useful.

    2. What Is the Point of Equality?* - Elizabeth S. Anderson 01/1999

      Article Required Read 312-337; if you can read the whole thing (though it's a bit long).

    3. Rationalism in politics and other essays - Michael Oakeshott c1991

      Book Recommended Read the chapter "On Being Conservative" or the chapter "Rationalism in Politics"

    4. Supplementary readings for week 6 4 items
      1. Political ideologies: an introduction - Andrew Heywood 2012

        Book Supplementary Read Socialism and Conservatism chapters

      2. Capitalism, Socialism, and Freedom - Philippe Van Parijs

        Chapter Supplementary Read chapter 1, on "capitalism, socialism, and freedom." if you have the time. Pay special attention to how Van Parijs defines socialism and capitalism.

      3. The Red and the Black | Jacobin - Seth Ackerman

        Webpage Recommended A discussion of how full socialism might work. Highly recommended - discusses the socialist calculation debate and other topics we have touched on.

      4. Gut-Level Legislation, or, Redistribution | Issue 4 | n 1 - Mark Greif

        Webpage Recommended A proposal for a "maximum wage" from a socialist writer. Short and fun to read. Would you agree with this proposal? Why or why not?

  7. Week 7 - War and Morality 4 items
    1. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527): War is Just to Whom it is Necessary - Henrik Syse, Endre Begby June 26, 2006 (Paperback)

      Chapter Required

    2. Montesquieu (1689-1755): National Self-preservation and the Balance of Power - Henrik Syse, Endre Begby June 26, 2006 (Paperback)

      Chapter Required

  8. Week 8 - War and Morality 11 items
    1. What is a Just War? - Jean Bethke Elshtain August 3, 2004

      Chapter Required

    2. Supplementary Reading on Just War Theory 5 items
      1. Just War: Breaking the Tradition - James Turner Johnson , and Howard M Hensel 2011

        Chapter Supplementary

    3. Justice After War - Brian Orend 2002

      Article Required

    4. War - Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Document Required

    5. Supplementary Reading on Moral Evolution 1 item
  9. Week 9 - Nationalism and Patriotism 5 items
    1. Political ideologies: an introduction - Andrew Heywood 2012

      Book Required Please read the chapter on nationalism.

    2. National Liberation and Culture - Amilcar Cabral 1974

      Article Supplementary

    3. Alienation and Freedom - Frantz Fanon, , Steven Corcoran, , Jean Khalfa, , and Robert J. C. Young 2018

      Book Supplementary

  10. Week 10 - Nationalism and Patriotism 4 items
  11. Week 11 - Multiculturalism 5 items
    1. Political ideologies: an introduction - Andrew Heywood 2012

      Book Required Please read the chapter on multiculturalism.

  12. Week 12 - Feminism and Conclusion 7 items
    1. Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color - Kimberle Crenshaw 07/1991

      Article Required Ignore the footnotes - the article is much shorter that way!

    2. Feminism - Clare Chambers

      Chapter Required

    3. Supplementary Reading for Week 12: Feminism and Conclusion 3 items
      1. Feminism - Nancy J. Hirschmann

        Chapter Supplementary

      2. Feminist Theory: Transforming the Known World - Lisa Disch, Mary Hawkesworth

        Chapter Supplementary

      3. Intersectionality and Feminist Politics - Nira Yuval-Davis 08/2006

        Article Supplementary