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PHIL 531A Political Philosophy - POLITICAL PHIL

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 531A 001Seminar1 Wed14:0017:00

This section will be held in BUCH D324.

PHIL 531A 002Seminar2 Wed14:0017:00

This section will be held in BUCH D324.

Topic: Coercion and power in political philosophy

This seminar will consider two of the foundational issues in social and political philosophy: how to understand coercion and (social) power, both between the state institutions and citizens, and between different powerful actors in society. We will look at several contrasting approaches to coercion, and how they fit into larger theories of political philosophy, and then at various ways of conceptualizing power as a factor in political theory as well. We will also connect these concerns to theories of state justification, democracy, moral psychology, and ethics. Key framing questions include how does coercion relate to power and what role should power play in a theory of justice or state legitimacy.