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Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
 PHIL 230 002Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri13:0014:00

This course looks at western ethical thinking, tracing its roots in ancient Greek and Christian sources, and running through the modern era in Europe and North America. It looks at different approaches, such as utilitarianism and virtue ethics, and how ethics relates to human nature, community, personal decision-making, and the good life.

 PHIL 330 002Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri10:0011:00

This course will make a quick survey of the ancient and early-modern roots of Western political philosophy (including excerpts of writings by Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Mill), after which its main focus will be on writings by notable scholars of the last 50 years, organized around a series of central topics, such as rights, liberty, justice, equality, and the treatment of minorities and groups. Along the way, we will take note of some of the broader political programs which offer systematic answers to the sorts of problems covered in this course.

These include liberalism, libertarianism, republicanism, communism, communitarianism, and feminism. Contemporary thinkers will include writers such as Hayek, Rawls, Waldron, I. M. Young, C. Mills, Shklar, and MacKinnon.

 PHIL 334 001Lecture1 Tue Thu15:3017:00
 PHIL 431 001Seminar1 Tue Thu11:0012:30

This course will focus on the notion of freedom: its definition; its basis in political practices; its relationship to other concepts such as coercion, oppression, and equality; and its place in various approaches to political philosophy, such as liberalism and civic republicanism. While we'll briefly review some historical sources, such as Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Marx, and Mill, most of the course will focus on 20th and 21st century authors such as Berlin, Rawls, Nozick, G. A. Cohen, Nussbaum, Shklar, and Arendt.