John Holzwarth

John Holzwarth

Assistant Professor with Term

Academic Credentials

BA Political Science and English, Colgate University, 1993

PhD Politics, Princeton University, 2004


Spring 2022

POLS 311: Pillars of Western Political Thought: Revolution and the Social Contract

TTh 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 

What makes state authority legitimate? What, if anything, can warrant revolution as a means of political, social, or economic change? This course examines the origins of liberalism in early modern ideas of legitimacy, rights, and obligations, with primary emphasis on foundational thinkers from the crucial period between 1648 and 1848. Readings may include Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, and Martin Luther King Jr., among others.

Prerequisites: None.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required. 

POLS 402 : Problems in Political Theory

Th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Advanced analysis of a specific problem, theme, or concept intriguing to political theorists. Specific content varies. Themes have included revolution, utopia, the American founding, Nietzsche, identity and self-creation, and the philosophy of history.

Prerequisites: None

Requirements: Junior standing required. Open to sophomores only with
consent of instructor.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall