Justice and Reason|
Fall 2009 not offered
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.
This course has been designed to enhance students' capability in Ethical Reasoning, in accord with the University's curricular goals.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Hobbes, LEVIATHAN (Books I-II)
Kant, GROUNDING FOR THE METAPHYSICS OF MORALS
Rawls, A THEORY OF JUSTICE (selections)
Appiah and Gutmann, COLOR CONSCIOUS
and articles on reserve
|Examination 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 some 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.