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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.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: (9 credits of PHIL/POLI at the 200-level or above.)


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
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.