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Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

Phil 112

Dr. Assaya Pascalev

The course introduces students to some of the basic theories of political philosophy through classic and contemporary texts. The course explores the questions of the justification of political authority, the nature and limits of individual liberty and freedom, and the nature of the just society. We read texts by Plato, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill and John Rawls, among others. We also explore a variety of concrete problems raised by the complex social and political realities in this country and world-wide, including the extent to which the social and political order can create, manipulate, perpetuate and accommodate individual and group identifiers grounded in notions of race, gender and sexuality. Students are introduced to the current debates on such important issues as racism, sexism, harassment, discrimination and preferential treatment and they are encouraged to develop their own positions on the issues.


African American Philosophy
Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Classical Ethics
Comparative Philosophy: Philosophical Explanations of Evil Across Cultures
Current Topics: Philosophy and Ethics of Appropriate Technology and Development
Current Topics: Africana Philosophy and Film
Environmental Ethics
Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics of Medical Care
Ethics of Medical Care
History of Africana Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Social Science
Principles of Reasoning
Representative Thinkers
Seminar on Aristotle 
Symbolic Logic


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