PHIL 730 (01) - Topics in Theories of Justice

Topics in Theories of Justice

Durham   Liberal Arts > Philosophy
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2019 - Full Term (08/26/2019 - 12/09/2019)
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 16683
The idea of justice is central to social, political, and legal theory. Considerations of justice are appealed to in assessing the legitimacy of governments, and the fair distributions of goods, and opportunities both with nation-states and globally, and to address specific social concerns such as racial or gender discrimination or access to health care. Examine both historical sources and contemporary debates about the nature of justice. Prereq: PHIL 500, PHIL 530, or permission.
Section Comments: Marx and His Critics
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Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Instructors: Nicholas Smith

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2019 12/9/2019 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HS 250B
Additional Course Details: 

Marx wrote some of the most influential and the most divisive theories in the history of philosophy. In this course we will critically evaluate the core themes in his philosophical writings and debate their applicability to contemporary social and political issues. We will read selections from Marx’s major critics—including challenges from both the right and left as well as examining the historical successes and failures of nominally Marxist political movements—and attempt to achieve a balanced evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of Marx’s legacy for the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. We will place special emphasis on Marx’s treatment of technology as it relates to artificial intelligence and other emerging innovations.

This course is intended for philosophy majors, but advanced students from other disciplines can contact nick.smith@unh.edu to discuss enrollment.