Ethics, Moral Economies, and the Nation in the Modern Atlantic World
Read some brief excerpts from Rousseau's Social
Contract, on GMU's
Exploring the French Revolution website. Read excerpts
from Adam Smith, Wealth of
Nations (1776) on the Modern History Sourcebook
website, as well as excerpts from Smith's analysis of sources of
colonial prosperity. Read excerpts (with
Halsall introduction) from J.G. Herder, Materials for the
Philosophy of the History of
Mankind , (1784) on the Modern History
Sourcebook website. Work carefully through the Table of
Contents from the highly influential text by Francis Wayland,
The Elements of Moral
Science. You may
optionally read through Wayland's discussions of Moral Law, Personal
Liberty, and Benevolence that follow the table of contents. (At Furman
before the Civil War this would have been one of the main textbooks
every student would have memorized.) In class you will be randomly
assigned to be a defender of one of these viewpoints.
addition, read these excerpts
from a review of one of the first U.S. history textbooks ever
published, and the preface written by the author of another.
Note: The instructor reserves the right to change any provisions,
due dates, grading percentages, or any other items without prior notice.
All assignments on this schedule are covered under the university's policy
on plagiarism and academic integrity. See the syllabus statement for further details.
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