Discuss Feudalism and the 3 social movements as an introduction to the Classical Liberal
Tradition, focusing on the central/key ideas.
What are the key elements and/or principles of the Classical Liberal Tradition’s argument
against Feudalism? What unites these thinkers as a tradition? Use these questions to focus on
what is true for all three thinkers. Do not provide author by author summaries, organize and
present by key elements/principles.
How should one determine when an individual is obligated to obey legitimate political authority
(adapt for Mill), and when an individual retains the right to either disobey existing government
power or remain free of government control? Use these questions to focus on what
distinguishes these thinkers from one another. Provide three, author by author (adapt for Mill)
summaries of how/where to ‘draw this line.”
For Mill, be sure to stay focused upon his argument about freedom of thought and expression,
and the threat posed by society, not government. (The ‘government’ material, for Mill should be
integrated with Hobbes and/or Locke, where appropriate)