Search for a Just Order II

Instructor: Darren Staloff
MHC 274
Fridays, 1:00-4:00pm
Offered by Macaulay Honors College

This course is part of the Hertog Scholars Program and offered only in the Spring. Building upon MHC 273, The Search for a Just Order I, students will examine the beginnings of early modern political thought in the seventeenth century through the late modern and “post-modern” writings of the late twentieth century.

Sample reading list:

  • David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract
  • W. F. Hegel, Reason in History
  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings
  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
  • John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
  • Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia
  • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Students in the Hertog Scholars Program take six required multidisciplinary seminars focused on close readings and discussion of enduring texts that ask vital contemporary questions. The program is open to incoming first and second year Macaulay students.