Spring 2019 not offered
A widely held view of justice in modern political thinking is premised on some conception of human equality, including equal consideration of everyone's interests, and a commitment to a system of equal and extensive basic rights. In the first part of the class we will examine this conception of justice, with special attention to Rawls's formulation of modern liberal theory in his later work. During the rest of the term we will critically assess this account of justice. The central question we will address is whether this theory has the conceptual resources to address the major issues of contemporary society. The issues we will consider are class or economic inequality, democracy and democratic participation, and whether a "scheme of equal basic liberties" can be "fully adequate" to deal with issues of difference with respect to culture, gender, race, and religion.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
John Rawls, JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS: A RESTATEMENT, Harvard UP, paper, 0-674-00511-2
Amy Gutmann, ed., MULTICULTURALISM AND "THE POLITICS OF RECOGNITION," 2nd ed., Princteon UP, 9780691037790
Sarah Song, JUSTICE, GENDER AND THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM, Cambridge UP, 9780521697590
Charles Mills, THE RACIAL CONTRACT, Cornell UP, paper, 9780801484636
Elizabeth Anderson, THE IMPERATIVE OF INTEGRATION, Princeton UP, paper, 9780691158112
several articles and book chapters that will be available on Moodle and/or e-reserves.
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Several short papers and/or posts
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