Philosophical Foundations of Economic Justice|
Fall 2009 not offered
This course examines philosophical foundations of three fundamentally different economic systems--capitalism, socialism, and the welfare state. Through the selection of readings, we will think critically about the prospects for economic justice introduced by each system. The main questions will focus on what features an economic system and a society ought to have to be economically just, and what sorts of claims the different classical economic systems advance in the name of economic justice. In addition, we will critically examine opportunities for, and obstacles to, economic justice in the current global economy--conditions that did not exist for any of the three classical economic systems. We will at all times reflect upon requirements of a good life, the grounding of claims for a good life, and the ways in which economic systems materially and culturally set conditions for a productive, fair, and just life for all members of the global community.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Readings of major theorists on economics and economic justice, including Adam Smith, John Locke, Karl Marx, Frederick Engles, Robert Nozick, Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek, John Rawls, Steven Nathanson, Amartya Sen, Philippe Van Parijs, Peter Singer, and Thomas Pogge, among others.
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Four short papers and four presentations and/or organized debates.
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Students will occasionally be required to meet outside of class to prepare for group debates and presentations.
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