Social and Political Philosophy: Global Ethics (PHIL*6600) | College of Arts

Social and Political Philosophy: Global Ethics (PHIL*6600)

Term: Winter 2016


This course focuses on recent work in global ethics. Leading social and political philosophers and ethicists have in the past few decades grappled with problems of global poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. In response to these issues, several thinkers have attempt to develop normative ethical frameworks for addressing harms that are global in scope. Among the theorists/philosophers we will read are Gillian Brock, Simon Caney, Nancy Fraser, Alison Jaggar, Naila Kabeer, Judith Lichtenberg, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Miller, Peter Singer, and Iris Marion Young.

Our weekly meetings will be seminar format, requiring consistent preparation and participation on the part of students. In addition, students will be expected to write weekly 1-pg reflection pieces and a final paper on a topic of your choice, of 15-20 pages.

This course may be used to satisfy the breadth requirement for either Social/Political/Legal Philosophy or Ethics/Value Theory.


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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.