Fall 2023

American Political Thought

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-334


Thomas L. Dumm (Section 01)


This course is a study of aspects of the canon of American political thought. While examining the roots of American thought in Puritanism and Quakerism, the primary focus will be on American transcendentalism and its impact on subsequent thought. Among those whose works we are likely to consider are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman, W.E.B. DuBois, William James, Jane Addams, John Dewey, Martin Luther King, Hannah Arendt, Richard Rorty, and Stanley Cavell.

Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Dumm.

How to handle overenrollment: null

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close reading, research skills, writing. Modes of learning: reading, class discussion and debate, responses to prompts, and writing of a research paper. Assessment: based on class participation, response to prompts, and completion of research paper.

POSC 334 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM OCTA 200
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM OCTA 200

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Why We Can't Wait Penguin Martin Luther King Jr. Amherst Books TBD
The Souls of Black Folk Dover Publications W.E.B DuBois Amherst Books TBD
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center Routledge Bell Hooks Amherst Books TBD
Achieving Our Country : Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America Harvard University Press Richard Rorty Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2023