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PHIL 431 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
Central concepts and problems in political life and thought including obligation, citizenship, representation, justice; equality; civil rights and liberty; disobedience.
Pre-reqs: (9 credits of PHIL/POLI at the 200-level or above.)
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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.