Political Theory

Individual Freedom, Politics, and Modern Honor


Honor is a central feature of both our ancient and modern political cultures. The aim of this colloquium was to emphasize the political—even constitutional—aspect of the modern notion of honor by appealing to authors who made significant contributions to defining its various meanings and attributes, its weight, and its historical fate.


Conference Readings

Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Edited by C.B. Macpherson. New York: Penguin Book Ltd., 1985.

Mandeville, Bernard. The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1988.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws. Translated by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. Persian Letters. Translated by C. J. Betts. New York: Penguin, 1993.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Julie, or the New Heloise: Letters of Two Lovers Who Live in a Small Town at the Foot of the Alps. Edited by Philip Stewart and Jean Vache. Translated by Philip Stewart and Jean Vache. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1997.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. The Old Regime and the Revolution: The complete text. Edited by François Furet and Françoise Mélonio. Translated by Alan Kahan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America: (Bilingual Edition). Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2010.