Philosophy | Classics in Social & Political Philosophy
P343 | 27892 | Toh
What ethical principles should be the bases of a perfectly just
society? What deliberative processes and norms should we rely on in
answering this last question? We will address these questions and
some ancillary questions by reading and writing about the works of
some classic political philosophers, including (most likely) Hobbes,
Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, and Rawls. The aforementioned questions
will be asked and possible answers will be explored at a highly
abstract level, with very little attention to concrete political
issues that are currently debated in our society. And the purpose of
the course will not be intellectual history, but rather to attempt
to answer the relevant questions with the help of the writings of
the named philosophers.
Assignments will most likely include four short papers (about 2
pages long each), a midterm exam, and a cumulative final exam.
Participation in class discussion will also be taken into account in
evaluating student performance.
Prerequisite: At least one philosophy class.