157A: Rhetoric of Modern Political Theory
Instructor(s) Loren Goldman
Though “democracy” is now practically synonymous with political legitimacy, the embrace of the concept is a relatively recent phenomenon. This course examines the rise of democratic theory in the modern period, focusing especially on the late 18th and 19th centuries. Thinkers covered will include Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Sieyes, Rousseau, the American Founders, Tocqueville, Marx, de Maistre, Mill, Maine and Bakunin. Rhetoric 157b in the Spring will continue this survey of democratic thought up to the present day.