1.6 — Political Revolution — Readings
Wednesday, August 2, 2020
- John Locke & his writings in Reader
- Hobbes (1651) - Selections from Leviathan
If You Hadn’t Yet:
- Ch.3 Early Preclassical Economic Thought up through Physiocracy (p.56) in Landreth & Colander
- Ch.1 Pre-Adamite Economics up through Physiocracy (p.24) in Blaug
The following Wikipedia entries can also provide more background on these writers and their famous works:
- Machiavelli (1532), Selections from The Price
- Thomas Hobbes
- John Locke
- English Civil Wars
- Glorious Revolution
Questions to Help Your Reading
- What does Hobbes have to say about an “ultimate good” or “ultimate goal” for humanity?
- Is Hobbes a subjectivist in terms of value and human choice?
- What’s the problem with everyone having equal power and limitations?
- When is it in an individual’s interest to limit themselves?
- What is the origin of the State or Commonwealth?
- How would you consider Hobbes’ analysis in terms of game theory? A prisoners’ dilemma? A stag hunt?
- What is the origin of property, according to Locke?
- Compare and contrast Hobbes’ and Locke’s view of the state of nature.
- What are the three inconveniences of anarchy, according to Locke?
- What is the role of money, according to Locke? What happens if money increases in supply?