Social and Political Philosophy

Taught Spring 2010 with a slightly different syllabus
Taught Summer 2003


Social Contract

Thomas Hobbes, selections from Leviathan
Optional: Gregory Kavka, chapter 4 of Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory
John Rawls, selections from A Theory 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"
David Enoch, "The Disorder of Public Reason"
Gerald Gaus, "On Dissing Public Reason"
David Enoch, "Political Philosophy and Epistemology"
Martha Nussbaum, selections from Frontiers of Justice

Social Choices, Social Welfare Functions, Consequentialism

Michael Resnik, selections from "Decisions Under Risk: Utility" in Choices: An Introduction to Decision Theory (Optional: preceding chapters)
Martha Nussbaum, selections from Creating Capabilities
Michael Resnik, "Social Choices" in Choices: An Introduction to Decision Theory
Derek Parfit, "Future Generations", Part Four of Reasons and Persons
Optional: Melinda Roberts, "Population Axiology"
Optional: Gustaf Arrhenius, "An Impossibility Theorem for Welfarist Axiologies"
Milton Friedman, selections from Capitalism and Freedom
Sarah Conly, selections from Against Autonomy
David Enoch, "Hypothetical Consent and the Value(s) of Autonomy"
Elizabeth Anderson, "What is the Point of Equality?"

Rights, Deontology

John Locke, selections from Second Treatise of Government
USA Declaration of Independence
Robert Nozick, selections from Anarchy, State, and Utopia
Judith Jarvis Thomson, "A Defense of Abortion"
Judith Jarvis Thomson, "Some Ruminations on Rights"
Judith Jarvis Thomson, selections from The Realm of Rights
Iris Marion Young, "Displacing the Distributive Paradigm", in Justice and the Politics of Difference

Property, Markets, Collective Action, Institutional Diversity and Legitimacy

Adam Smith, selections from The Wealth of Nations
Robert Frank, "The First and Second Welfare Theorems", in Microeconomics and Behavior
Daniel Hausman, Michael McPherson, and Debra Satz, selections from Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy
Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Commons"
Elinor Ostrom, "Revisiting the Commons"
David Schmidtz, "The Institution of Property"
Elinor Ostrom, selections from Governing the Commons
Joel Feinberg, selections from Harm to Others
Carol Rose, "Liberty, Property, Environmentalism"
Anne-Marie Slaughter, selections from The Chessboard and the Web and A New World Order
Fabienne Peter, "Political Legitimacy"
Thomas Christiano, "The Legitimacy of International Institutions"

Global Justice

Laura Valentini, selections from Justice in a Globalized World
Charles Beitz, selections from Political Theory and International Relations
Onora O’Neill, “Identities, Boundaries, and States,” in Bounds of Justice
William Easterly, selections from The Tyranny of Experts
Anna Stilz, selections from Territorial Sovereignty

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)