Political Theory

The State, Modernity, and Political Order


This colloquium considered the state as a uniquely modern development. Conferees began by exploring pre-modern ways of understanding political and non-political orders within a community, then investigated the emergence of the modern state, before finally turning to classical liberal attempts to circumscribe the state, and to some possible alternatives to the traditional, modern state.


Conference Readings

Aristotle. The Politics. Translated by T. A. Sinclair. England: Penguin Group, 1981.

Augustine. The City of God against the Pagans. Edited by R. W. Dyson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Barnett, Randy E. The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Bell, Tom W.. "Polycentric Law in the New Millennium." Tom W. Bell. http://www.tomwbell.com/writings/FAH.html (September 1, 2009).

Constant, Benjamin. Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments. Edited by Etienne Hofmann. Translated by Dennis O'Keeffe. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2003.

Hayek, Friedrich. Law, Legislation, and Liberty. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., 1982.

Locke, John. "Two Treatises of Government." Liberty Fund. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/222 on 2009-09-01 (September 1, 2009).

McIlwain, Charles Howard. Constitutionalism: Ancient and Modern. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2007.

Mosca, Gaetano. The Ruling Class. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press Reprint, 1980.

Oakeshott, Michael. On Human Conduct. Oxford: Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991 [1975].

Oppenheimer, Franz. The State. Translated by John M. Gitterman. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1922. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/oppenheimer-the-state (accessed July 7, 2014).

Poggi, Gianfranco. The State: Its Nature, Development, and Prospects. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1990.

Strayer, Joseph R. On the Medieval Origins of the State. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1970.

Tilly, Charles, "War Making and State Making as Organized Crime." in Bringing the State Back In, Edited by P. Evans, D. Rueschmeyer, and T. Skopol, 169-191. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Weber, Max. The Vocation Lectures. Edited by David Owen and Tracy B. Strong. Translated by Rodney Livingstone. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2004.