Justice and Reason|
This course introduces students to the disciplined study of philosophy through sustained reflection upon the nature of justice and the grounding and authority of claims invoking justice. The central theme of the course is that conceptions of justice and authority cannot be understood on their own. The meaning and authority of justice can only be established through inferential relations to other philosophical issues, for example, concerning reason, knowledge, reality, agency, and identity. These issues will be explored through reflective engagement with classic treatments of these issues by Plato, Hobbes, and Kant and more contemporary philosophical work. The contemporary readings include discussions of distributive justice (concerning access to resources and opportunities), the interplay between gender and conceptions of justice, the meaning of racial justice, and whether justice only concerns human interactions or, instead, also applies to other species.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Hobbes, LEVIATHAN, Books1-2
Kant, GROUNDING FOR METAPHYSICS OF MORALS
Rawls, THEORY OF JUSTICE (selections)
Sen, IDEA OF JUSTICE (selections)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 5-7 page papers; regular ungraded argument analyses; participation in discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While this course is designed as a first course in philosophy, it is open to others with prior work in philosophy.
|Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T. Times: .MTWRF. 03:30PM-05:10PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 16||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 6|
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