Intro to Social and Political Philosophy
An introduction to major historical and contemporary philosophical theories about society and the prerequisites of an ethical human culture. 'Culture' includes those qualities that we tend to take for granted, such as fairness and justice, autonomy and dignity, equality and opportunity. The philosophical nature of legitimacy and limits on power and domination in a liberal society are discussed and include readings from Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Rawls, Nozick, Marx and Walzer. While contemporary arguments, both good and bad, about what kind of society America should be surround us daily, a discussion of the philosophical justification for such arguments is a meaningful way of understanding the competing claims about social justice.
Grading Basis
Course Attributes
This course satisfies LAT Req
Humanities/Fine Arts
PHILOS 20809268
Academic Group
College Parallel
Academic Organization
School of Arts & Sciences
Enrollment Requirements
(NxGnRead 261+ or ACCP Read 80+ or ACT Read 19+ or CRS or IntColRead) and (NxGnWrite 260+ or ACCP Write 5+ and ACCP Sent 86+ or ACT Eng 17+ or ICW) or Eng1. Recommended: Intro Philos #20809260 or Logic/Crit Thinking #20809264. Courses need C or higher.
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