Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2059: Political Thought of Modernity

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Indicative Primary Reading List

  • Immanuel Kant, What is Enlightenment? (1784)
  • Thomas Paine, Rights of Man (1791)
  • G.W.F. Hegel, The Philosophy of Right (1821)
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1836)
  • Karl Marx, Capital (1867)
  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality (1887)
  • Hannah Arendt, Between Past and Future (1961)


Secondary reading:

David Boucher and Paul Kelly (eds.), Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Gary Browning, A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Iain Hampsher-Monk, A History of Modern Political Thought: Major Political Thinkers from Hobbes to Marx (Blackwell, 1992)