Examines social and political thought that may include texts from ancient through contemporary times, addressing topics such as natural rights, revolution, law, freedom, justice, power. Questions may include: What is a community, and how are individuals related to communities? Can any particular form of government be morally justified, and if so, what kind of government? Can anarchism work? Is there something wrong with a society in which there is private ownership of property? What is oppressive? What is freedom, and are we free? What roles should different forms of power play in a society? Could and should there be a genderless society? Is ethnic diversity valuable?
Equivalent(s): PHIL 436H, PHIL 436W, PHIL 437
Attributes: Inquiry (Discovery), Humanities(Disc)
Additional Course Details:
This semester, the focus will be on Justice, that is, whether the current arrangement of economic wealth and social power is just. We will discuss issues such as what people deserve, what limits there are to the authority of the government, whether the market is sufficient to provide justice, whether we are morally equal and, if so, what this means for how we distribute social goods.