Key Concepts in Political Philosophy (PHIL*2280) | College of Arts

Key Concepts in Political Philosophy (PHIL*2280)

Code and section: PHIL*2280*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: Omid Payrow Shabani


What is justice and why is it preferable to injustice? What range of issues does it cover? Can it be defined by one all-encompassing principle or by a set of few principles? And finally, what does the answer to these questions imply for any political arrangement and moral theory? The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the topic of justice by way of examining possible answers to these questions through a survey of classical and contemporary social and political theories. By the end of the course the students should be able to identify issues of justice in contemporary context and critically evaluate the merit of claims and arguments concerning these issues. 

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.