Assignment Senior Seminar Spring 2019
Length: 2-3 pages (not including cover or bibliographical pages, or supporting material) Format: 12 point font, Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, double spaced, page numbers.
Due: Tuesday, 9 April 2019, via Canvas, before seminar.
(Note seminar discussion on due dates for Hobbes and Machiavelli assignments.)
Review the examples of preserving and violating contracts discussed in class; you can find them on Canvas. Write a paper that addresses the following questions:
To what extent are we a “nation of law”? That is, to what extent are we a nation of contracts and the enforcement of contracts?
To help you think through this, you might consider the other side of the issue: to what extent are we not a “nation of law”? That is, to what extent are we a nation of ideals or ideas? Which ideas or ideals do we believe are worthy of great sacrifice?
Your paper must engage with Hobbes and his ideas about human nature and contracts.
Position your claim at the end of your introductory paragraph.
Alternatively, you may write about a passage from the selections on Canvas from The Leviathan.