PHIL 401 B: Advanced Topics in Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
SAV 156
SLN: 
19974
Instructor:
Carina Fourie
Carina Fourie

Additional Details:

Topic: John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice. What would a perfectly just society be like? With the publication of his book, A Theory of Justice, John Rawls is credited with revitalizing analytic political philosophy in the twentieth century by aiming to answer this question and laying the foundations for a liberal egalitarian theory of social justice. In this seminar, we will analyze significant elements of Rawls’s theory of justice – such as the difference principle, ideal theory, socialization in the family, and civil disobedience – and assess them in light of influential responses from critics, including those situated in feminist, disabilities and critical race theory. One previous course in Philosophy is recommended.

TEXT: [Required] Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Revised edition. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press, 1999. Additional readings will be provided online on ‘Canvas’.

Catalog Description: 
A study of philosophical topics at the advanced level. Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:19pm