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

Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL*6600)

Code and section: PHIL*6600*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Monique Deveaux


This seminar examines ethical and normative questions surrounding human migration, particularly in relation to the current global migrant crisis. We will take up debates in contemporary moral and political theory about the justifiability of sovereignty and closed borders; duties to assist ‘distant others’/non-compatriots; and ethical claims surrounding territory and place. Among the authors we may read are Joseph Carens, Seyla Benhabib, Robert Goodin, Christian Barry, Ayelet Shachar, Margaret Moore, Avery Kolers, Thomas Nail, Gillian Brock, Glen Coulthard, Leah Ypi, Chandran Kukathas, Michael Walzer, and David Miller.


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.