It analyses and evaluates the main conceptual developments of a non-theological account of nature and society through a close critical reading of the primary sources.
Students will be able to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually on primary source material and write a long essay using principally primary sources.
The course is based on a close scrutiny of the sources, the great majority of which in English.
- HI3016-03 (10,000-word dissertation 100%)
- HI3016-05 Exam (80%) Essay (10%) and Reflective journal and forum posts (10%)
- J. Israel The Radical Enlightenment (2000)
- J. Champion The Pillars of Priestcraft Shaken (1992)
- J. Toland Nazarenus 1718 (1999)
- B. Spinoza, Tractatus Theologico Politicus (1670, 1689)
- W. Stephens An Account of the Growth of Deism in England (1696)
- Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)