Political Philosophy

Taught Spring 2010
Taught Summer 2003


Plato, Crito
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (selections)
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
US Declaration of Independence
Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (selections)
Judith Jarvis Thomson, "Some Ruminations on Rights"
Milton Friedman, "The Role of Government in a Free Society"
John Rawls, Justice as Fairness (selections)
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (selections)
Michael Resnik, "Social Choices" in Choices: An Introduction to Decision Theory
John Harsanyi, "Can the Maximin Principle Serve as a Basis for Morality? A Critique of John Rawls's Theory" (optional)
Fred D'Agostino, Gerald Gaus, and John Thrasher, "Contemporary Approaches to the Social Contract"
David Schmidtz, "The Institution of Property"
Martha Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice (selections)
Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars
Laura Valentini, "Introduction to the Problem of Global Justice", in Justice in a Globalized World
Thomas Nagel, "The Problem of Global Justice"
Joshua Cohen and Charles Sabel, "Extra Rempublicam Nulla Justitia?"

David Brink, notes on contemporary political philosophy (optional)
Niko Kolodny, handouts on the history of political philosophy (optional)