Political Science | Ethics & Public Policy
Y379 | 23743 | Failer
This class focuses on three important questions that lay at the
intersection of ethics and public policy. First, what morally
problematic means are justified in pursuing valuable political ends?
Second, what should the ends of public policy be? Third, what are
the moral responsibilities of public officials when they try to
answer the first two questions? We will begin each session by
evaluating the theory on its own terms. In our second hour, we will
apply the principles derived from ethical theory to concrete cases
in public policy. We will also use the cases to test the adequacy of
the ethical theory.