Political Philosophy

Taught Spring 2010
Taught Summer 2003


Social Contract

Plato, Crito
Thomas Hobbes, selections from Leviathan
Michael Resnik, "Social Choices" in Choices: An Introduction to Decision Theory
John Rawls, selections from A Theory of Justice
Martha Nussbaum, selections from Frontiers of Justice
John Harsanyi, "Can the Maximin Principle Serve as a Basis for Morality? A Critique of John Rawls's Theory"
Fred D'Agostino, Gerald Gaus, and John Thrasher, "Contemporary Approaches to the Social Contract"

Natural Rights

John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
US Declaration of Independence
Robert Nozick, selections from Anarchy, State, and Utopia
Judith Jarvis Thomson, "Some Ruminations on Rights"
Judith Jarvis Thomson, selections from The Realm of Rights


David Schmidtz, "The Institution of Property"
Milton Friedman, selections from Capitalism and Freedom
Martha Nussbaum, selections from Creating Capabilities
Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, selections from Mismeasuring Our Lives

Global Justice

Laura Valentini, selections from Justice in a Globalized World

Just War Theory

Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars

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