Political Theory

Paternal Authority: Liberty, Duty, and Individual Responsibility


With readings drawn from Filmer, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and Austen, conferees explored the characteristics and workings of paternal authority during the transition from an aristocratic age to a democratic one.


Conference Readings

Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park (1814). New York and London: Penguin Classics, 2003.

Filmer, Sir Robert. Patriarcha and Other Writings. Edited by Johann P. Sommerville. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Locke, John. Two Treaties of Government (1689). Edited by Peter Laslett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Two Discourses and the Social Contract. Translated by John T. Scott. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

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. Democracy in America. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2010.