Murray State University

Department of Political Science & Sociology

Course:  POL 462-01     Credit hrs:  3.0      Spring 2014

Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem!
(From shadows and images to truth!)
Epitaph of John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1801-1890

I. Title Modern Political Thought

II. Instructor's name: Dr. Winfield H. Rose
        Office:  5A-10 Faculty Hall      
        Phone #'s:  (270)809-2662 (O); (270)753-0126(H); (270)556-6342 (C); (270)809-2688 (fax)
        Office hours:  9:30 – 10:30 a.m. MWF; 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. TTh; 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. MW.  Other times by appointment.

III. Class location, meeting time and language of instruction:
        Faculty Hall Room 507; 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. TTh; English.

IV. Catalog description:
       The development of political thought from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis  on Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, and the contemporary malaise.

V. Required texts:
1. George Klosko, History of Political Theory: An Introduction.  Volume 2: Modern Political Theory.  Thomson Wadsworth,  1995.
2.  Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, The Federalist (any edition, on-line, hard copy or e-copy).

3. Winfield H. Rose, "The Theological, Philosophical, and Historical Foundations of the American Polity," available at Copy Express.

VI. Content outline:
See list of thinkers to be studied.

VII. Instructional activities:

Classes will be a combination of discussion and lecture.  Class attendance is important and expected.  Students should come to class with their assignment read and they should be prepared to ask as well as answer questions.  Class attendance (15%) and participation (10%) will comprise 25% of the course grade.  It is imperative that you not fall behind in your reading; if you do, it will be extremely difficult to catch up.  I ask not that you know and understand everything perfectly before or after class; I do ask that you do your best to know and understand as much as you can as well as you can, both before and after class.

You have an exciting opportunity here to take a great voyage into the realm of ideas, into the realm of ideas about subjects that really matter, into what Plato called episteme (truth) rather than doxa (opinion), and to affirm once again the validity of Aristotle's assertion that politics is the master science.  You have the opportunity and the challenge to become a philosopher.  Yes, a philosopher, a lover of wisdom.  Are you equal to the task?  All I ask is that you try, not just a little but the best you can; I ask that you try honestly, faithfully, regularly, conscientiously, and earnestly.  If you will do this, you will receive a fair and just reward.  Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem!

There will be two exams, a mid-term and a final.  The mid-term will be on a day around the middle of the semester to be determined; the final at the officially designated time. They will count 25% each.  Absences will be permitted only in the most extreme circumstances.

VIII.  Outside writing assignment:  The final 25% of your grade will be based on a research paper.  This should be a well-researched, well-organized, and well-written first-rate, analytical paper that amply signifies your status as an advanced student in political science.  Your paper should be 20 or so pages in length, written according to the American Political Science Association style manual (available on line), printed in #12 font (see my handout "Tips on Good Writing" on my homepage also).   Do not take all or almost all your sources from the internet and please do not ever use Wikipedia as a formal source.  The paper is due April 17, 2014.   PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to start this project!  You may select your topic from the list below.  First, you may select one of the following thinkers:

R. G. Collingwood

Francis Fukuyama

John H. Hallowell

Lee Harris

F. A. Hayek

Samuel P. Huntington

Paul Kennedy

Harold Laski

Ludwig von Mises

Hans Morganthau  
Carroll Quigley
John Rawls
Jean-Francois Revel
Ellis Sandoz
Roger Scruton
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Pitirim Sorokin 

Thomas Sowell

Oswald Spengler
Leo Strauss  
Arnold Toynbee
Eric Voegelin
Richard M. Weaver
George Will

OR you may choose one of the following topics:

The political ramifications of the Protestant Reformation
The art of war (Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, von Clauswitz)
Democracy (pro's & con's)
Fascism & Nazism (National Socialism)
The German Catastrophe
Which is better?  The presidential or parliamentary form of government?

I also am willing to entertain a proposal from you; just be sure to consult with me beforehand.

IX. Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity: Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit discrimination. Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability in employment, admissions, or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal access to participate in all programs and activities. For more information, contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 103 Wells Hall, (270) 809-3155 (voice), (270) 809-3361 (TDD),

X. Students with Disabilities: The Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) is designed to coordinate and administer services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. In doing so, OSDS will review disability documentation, meet with students to determine appropriate reasonable accommodations, and work with other areas on campus to implement services. Their goal is to provide individuals with disabilities access to programs, services, and activities at Murray State University. Contact Information: Velvet Wilson, Director, 423 Wells Hall, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071. (270) 809-5737.

XI. Policy on Academic Honesty (Approved by the MSU Board of Regents June 1, 2012): Murray State University takes seriously its moral and educational obligation to maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. Instructors are expected to evaluate students' academic achievements accurately, as well as ascertain that work submitted by students is authentic and the result of their own efforts, and consistent with established academic standards. Students are obligated to respect and abide by the basic standards of personal and professional integrity.

Violations of Academic Honesty include:

Cheating - Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized information such as books, notes, study aids, or other electronic, online, or digital devices in any academic exercise; as well as unauthorized communication of information by any means to or from others during any academic exercise.

Fabrication and Falsification - Intentional alteration or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification involves changing information whereas fabrication involves inventing or counterfeiting information.

Multiple Submission - The submission of substantial portions of the same academic work, including oral reports, for credit more than once without authorization from the instructor.

Plagiarism - Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, creative work, or data of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise, without due and proper acknowledgement.

Instructors should outline their expectations that may go beyond the scope of this policy at the beginning of each course and identify such expectations and restrictions in the course syllabus. When an instructor receives evidence, either directly or indirectly, of academic dishonesty, he or she should investigate the instance. The faculty member should then take appropriate disciplinary action.

Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to the following:

Requiring the student(s) to repeat the exercise or do additional related exercise(s).

Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) on the particular exercise(s) involved.

Lowering the grade or failing the student(s) in the course.

If the disciplinary action results in the awarding of a grade of E in the course, the student(s) may not drop the course. Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any exercise or other evaluative measures if substantial evidence exists that the integrity of the exercise has been compromised. Faculty also reserve the right to document in the course syllabi further academic honesty policy elements related to the individual disciplines.

A student may appeal the decision of the faculty member with the department chair in writing within five working days. Note: If, at any point in this process, the student alleges that actions have taken place that may be in violation of the Murray State University Non-Discrimination Statement, this process must be suspended and the matter be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity. Any appeal will be forwarded to the appropriate university committee as determined by the Provost.

XII.  Classroom Policies:  (1)  I realize that unexpected problems can develop but please do not make a habit of being late to class; the world operates on a schedule.  (2)  Attendance is expected and unexcused absences will lower your grade; excused absences will be determined by the University's attendance policy as reprinted in the current university bulletin.  (3)  Having cell phones and pagers go off in class is distracting, disturbing and rude, so please turn them off before class begins.  Absolutely no texting is allowed.   (4)  No caps in class; this goes for young ladies as well as young gentlemen.  (5)  Please do not prepare to leave or get up to leave class before class is dismissed.  And please be careful about what you say about yourself and others on social media.  Thank you.

Relevant Web Sites:

Biographies: The Philosophers
Pantheon of Famous Philosophers
Political Theory Resources
Hippias Search of Philosophy on the Internet
Great Books of the Western World
Texts and Documents
Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
Texts and Contexts
Political Theory Primary Documents
Yahoo Search Engine for Social_Science/Philosophy/Political_Theory
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Modern Political Theory Websites
Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies
The Heritage Foundation
Middle East Media Research Institute


Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469-1527

Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679
John Locke, 1632-1704
David Hume, 1711-1776
Baron de Montesquieu, 1689-1755
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826
James Madison, 1751-1836
Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805-1859
Edmund Burke, 1729-1797
John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873
Georg W.F. Hegel, 1770-1831
Karl Marx, 1818-1883
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900
Max Weber, 1864-1920
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "Defining Deviancy Down."
Robert Kaplan, "The Coming Anarchy"
Francis Fukuyama, "The End of History and the Last Man"
Roger Scruton, "The Political Problem of Islam"

Let's roll!