PLEASE NOTE this is a 2013 reading list—the precise content may change in future years. Term 1, Week 2 Topic: Introduction: Studying the History of Political Thought Questions for discussion: Are a writer’s ‘intentions’ important to understanding a text? How do philosophers approach a text in the history of political thought? Should an ‘historical’ approach or ‘philosophical’ approach be preferred? Core Reading At least two of the following: A. Ryan, On Politics, pp. xi-xxv. D. Boucher & P. Kelly, eds., Political Thinkers, ch. 1. I. Hampsher-Monk, A History of Modern Political Thought, Introduction. A. Levine, Engaging Political Philosophy, Introduction J. Lively & A. Reeve, eds., Modern Political Thought from Hobbes to Marx, Key Debates, General Introduction. Editor’s foreword to J. Rawls, Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy, pp. xii-xvi and pp. 1-20 by Rawls Supplementary Reading J. Coleman, “The History of Political Thought in a Modern University”, History of Political Thought, 21, 2000, 152-171. D.Miller, “The Macpherson Version”, Political Studies, 30, 1982, 120-127. M. Philp, “Political Theory and History”, in D. Leopold and M. Stears, Political Theory: Methods and Approaches, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008. Q. Skinner, “Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas”, History and Theory, 8, 1969, 3-53. _______. Visions of Politics, Volume I: Regarding Method, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002. Includes a revised version of the above and other essays.