Rousseau and the Problem of Modernity
JMC fellow John T. Scott, Professor of Political Science at UC Davis discussed Rousseau’s response to modernity in a talk on April 16, 2018 at Boise State’s American Founding Initiative, a JMC partner program.
Listen to the talk below:
This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.
JMC’s current PNW partner programs are on campuses including Linfield College, the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Carroll College, George Fox University, the University of Montana, and Boise State University.
John T. Scott studies the history of political thought, focusing on early modern thought from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. He arrived at UC Davis in 2000, having previously been a faculty member at the University of Houston with a dual appointment in Political Science and the Honors College. Scott’s primary research is in the history of political philosophy, with a specialization in early modern political thought. Most of his work has focused on the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, although he has also published studies of Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Hume, Diderot, and Smith. He has a secondary research interest in experimental approaches to distributive justice, and related areas such as perceptions of legitimacy of Supreme Court decisions.
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