Reasoning About Justice|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
This course introduces students to the disciplined study of philosophy through reflection on justice and the grounding and authority of claims invoking justice. The central theme of the course is that conceptions of justice and its authority cannot be understood or established in isolation. 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, race, and conceptions of justice; 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: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Thomas Hobbes, LEVIATHAN
Immanuel Kant, GROUNDING FOR THE METAPHYSICS OF MORALS
John Rawls, JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS: A RESTATEMENT
Charles Taylor, "The Dialogical Self"
Thomas Wartenberg, selections from THE FORMS OF POWER
Susan Okin, JUSTICE, GENDER AND THE FAMILY
Charles Mills, "Ideal Theory as Ideology"
Elizabeth Anderson, THE IMPERATIVE OF INTEGRATION
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three 5-7 page papers
Participation in small group discussions to prepare for in-class discussion sessions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
For approximately two weeks during the semester, the course will meet twice a week from 11-12:20 rather than the normal three times at 11-11:50.
|Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T. Times: .M.W.F. 10:50AM-11:40AM; Location: CFH106; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: 9||FR: 10|
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