Justice and Reason|
Fall 2013 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
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 claims about justice and injustice 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, 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, relations between justice and conceptions of identity, and whether justice and injustice can be assessed comparatively without reference to a comprehensive ideal social order.
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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)
Thomas Hobbes, LEVIATHAN (Books I-II)
Immanuel Kant, GROUNDING FOR THE METAPHYSICS OF MORALS
John Rawls, A THEORY OF JUSTICE (selections)
Charles Taylor, POLITICS OF RECOGNITION (selections)
Amartya Sen, THE IDEA OF JUSTICE (selections)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three essays requiring exposition of the views and reasoning of philosophers we have read, and development and justification of a comparative and/or critical assessment. Students are also required to complete ungraded assignments that develop their ability to recognize and articulate philosophical arguments in the assigned readings.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All students are required to meet approximately once a week outside of class in informal discussion groups that help set the agenda and prepare for general class discussions.
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