Religious Studies | Religion, Justice & Culture
R672 | 4176 | Miller


This graduate seminar addresses matters of religious commitment and
cultural identity in recent debates about social justice and public
philosophy.  We examine these issues in light of liberal and
communitarian theories of justice, and then turn to arguments from
modern Judaism and Christianity that echo, challenge, or amend those
theories.  We close by examining feminist and multicultural
contributions to recent debates about social justice.
Texts
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
John Rawls, Political Liberalism, 2d ed.
John Rawls, "The Idea of Public Reason Revisited," University of
Chicago Law Review
Michael Sandel, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, 2d ed., &
selected articles
Martin Buber, I and Thou
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Nature and Destiny of Man, Vol. 1
H. Richard Niebuhr, The Responsible Self
U.S. Catholic Bishops, Economic Justice For All
Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and
Equality
Charles Taylor, Multiculturalism and "The Politics of Recognition"
Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation
Susan Moller Okin, Justice, Gender, and the Family
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of
Minority Rights