This tutorial is designed to introduce students to liberal democratic thought as it has been conceived and practiced over the centuries. After first considering the Hellenic tradition that forms the basis of western European and American political thought, we then consider the liberal turn in the 17th century, focusing on the thought of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. After taking a brief detour to explore the contributions of the Scottish Enlightenment, we spend the last part of the tutorial examining the American experience, from the colonial period through the founding era and into the 19th century.
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