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JP8516/9516 Liberalism as an Intellectual Tradition

This subject begins with the metaphysics of Duns Scotus and working through the Renaissance era to the Enlightenment period, covering the thought of Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Hegel. This subject will also highlight some family resemblances in seemingly anti-liberal philosophies such as Marxism. The final section will consider John Rawls’ Political Liberalism and theological responses thereto. Students will be equipped with a body of this knowledge which will enable them to undertake professional work in the field and serve as a basis for further learning.