Liberty, Politics, and Economics in Daniel Defoe


This conference considered themes of liberty, economics, and sovereignty in the political thought of Daniel Defoe (1660–1731). The readings for the conference consisted primarily of Robinson Crusoe, Defoe’s great narrative of the origins, nature, and purposes of human society, juxtaposed session by session with less widely known writings from Defoe.


Conference Readings

Defoe, Daniel. Essay on Projects. London: R. R. For Tho. Cockerill, 1697.

Defoe, Daniel. The Original Power of the Collective Body of the People of England, Examined and Asserted. London: Printed and sold by R. Baldwin, 1702.

Defoe, Daniel. Jure Divino: A Satyr. London: Published by subscription, 1706.

Defoe, Daniel. The Secret History of State Intrigues in the Management of the Scepter. London: S. Keimer, 1715.

Defoe, Daniel, and Thomas Keymer. Robinson Crusoe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.