20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: No


Aims/Description: This course will look at the intense philosophical debate that followed the upheaval of the French Revolution. The main texts studied will be Edmund Burke's Reflection on the Revolution in France attacking the Revolution and Thomas Paine's reply defending it, The Rights of Man. Burke and Paine will be the main texts studied. We may also, if time allows, look at the writings of some such others - which might vary from year to year - as William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Joseph de Maistre, Benjamin Constant and Germaine de StaŽl.

Restrictions on availability: No

Staff Contact: Sally Weston
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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