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John C Foster
HIST 207
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Intellectual History

Ideas in historical context. Comparative and developmental analysis of Western conceptions of "community," from Plato to Freud. Offered: jointly with CHID 207.

Class description

This course will address the history of political thought in the West through close readings of works by Aristotle, St. Augustine, John Locke, and Sigmund Freud. We will look at the ways that these thinkers and their contemporaries tried to make sense of the historical moments in which they found themselves, and how they viewed the relationship between the institutions of society and ethical life.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will meet five times per week for eight weeks and will feature a combination of lectures and group discussions.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The primary assignment for the course will be a research paper in which students will be encouraged to read a work of ethics or political theory in the context of the history to which it was a response.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by John C Foster
Date: 02/15/2008