Intro Philosophy: Social and Political Issues (PHIL*1010) | College of Arts

Intro Philosophy: Social and Political Issues (PHIL*1010)

Code and section: PHIL*1010*DE

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: Omid Payrow Shabani


This course aims to examine such questions in relation to social and political areas of human interaction such as: what is justice? What is a just state? What is the political? How should we understand the relation between political authority and individual liberty? What is democracy? Is the law the instrument of justice, or the tool of powerful interests?  What is civil society? The answer to these questions will be sought, first, by a study of canonical texts of Western political philosophy which will include both ancient and contemporary contributions, and secondly, by a discussion of current controversies as found in the court cases and current controversies

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