John Rawls: A Theory of Justice
Instructor: Carina Fourie
Office: Savery Hall, Room 389
Office Hours: Tue 1.15-3.15pm or by appointment
For the full syllabus, see the Module 'For Students: Course Resources'. There is a link below.
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’.