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

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

Code and section: PHIL*1010*01

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: Mark McCullagh


"How should we live together?" This is the central question of Social and Political Philosophy. In this course we will learn about the main positions taken by (mostly contemporary) philosophers on this question. Most discussions will concern structures that organize our lives together: the state; the laws; the family. Our textbook will be Will Kymlicka's Contemporary Political Philosophy, supplemented by some other readings. Students will do weekly writing assignments in which they examine some specific point arising from the reading.


"Course Outline"

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.