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    • Constraints of human nature in the political philosophy of Rousseau 

      Clishem, Timothy Joseph (Northern Illinois University, 2017)
      In his Second Discourse and elsewhere, Jean-Jacques Rousseau famously argues for the perfectibility and malleability of man. That is, for Rousseau, man is the "historical" being whose moral character, dispositions, and ...
    • Montesquieu: An Examination of the Respective Advantages (and/or Consequences) of Commerce Between States 

      Moore, Charles C., 1995-- (Northern Illinois University, 2016)
      Scholars have most notably studied Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws for his regime typology and his writings on the separation of powers within a state. However, in recent years, a wave of liberal internationalists has ...
    • A reconsideration of Montesquieu's liberal pacifism 

      Boesen, James (Northern Illinois University, 2017)
      Liberal international relations scholars have posited that liberalism promotes peaceful relations amongst states. These scholars utilize the writings of Montesquieu, most notably Spirit of the Laws, as the philosophic ...
    • Rousseau's plutarchism 

      McCormick, Nathan Richard (Northern Illinois University, 2018)
      Jean-Jacques Rousseau gives Plutarch's Parallel Lives a prominent role in his treatise on education, Emile. In many ways, this decision is perplexing because Plutarch's teachings concerning virtue and vice seem to pose a ...
    • The swords of Damocles : explaining unconventional weapon non-use in modern war 

      Claar, Martin (Northern Illinois University, 2017)
      This dissertation investigates the logic for unconventional weapon non-use during wars in the 20th Century. International relations scholarship has offered two primary explanatory factors for the non-use of radiological, ...
    • Thomas Hobbes on inequality, poverty and sedition : a seventeenth-century blueprint for the welfare state 

      Rivard, Richard (Northern Illinois University, 2018)
      Thomas Hobbes is often portrayed as a proponent of an absolutist government ruled only through fear of punishment. This portrayal overlooks the concern Hobbes had for the safety and security of the citizens of the commonwealth. ...