Philosophy | Social and Political Philosophy
P543 | 3410 | Baron


Note: This class will now meet on Tuesday, from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in SY
022.

Topic: Rawls and Liberalism

The focus of this course will be liberalism, with particular emphasis
on John Rawls' Political Liberalism.  We'll begin with a general
discussion of classical liberalism, locating it among rival theories,
and noting competing views (put forward by those who consider
themselves liberals) of what liberalism is.  To that end we'll quickly
read John Stuart Mill, On Liberty and Ronald Dworkin, "Liberalism."
(That will be the "big picture" part of the course).  We'll then
examine Political Liberalism and more specifically, the following
question (quoting now from Rawls): "How is it possible that there may
exist over time a stable and just society of free and equal citizens
profoundly divided by reasonable religious, philosophical and moral
doctrines?"  We'll read several critical essays on Political
Liberalism (by among others, Joshua Cohen and Jean Hampton), and then
will turn to the global (international relations) versions of these
questions.  For that part of the course we'll read Rawls, The Law of
Peoples and critical discussions of it (by, e.g., Tom Pogge) and will
also read other work pursuing a similar project, including some of
Martha Nussbaum's work (probably from Sex and Social Justice).

Texts for the course:
Mill, On Liberty
Rawls, Political Liberalism
Rawls, The Law of Peoples

Various articles will be made available via e-reserves.

Those planning to take the course are encouraged to e-mail the
instructor with their particular interests, as this course is not yet
fully planned, and your imput might made a difference to the course
content.

Philosophy doctoral students can us this class as part of the Value
Theory area requirement.