PHIL 170.001 – Social Ethics and Political Thought

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Instructor: Macy Salzberger. This course meet MW 9:05 – 10:20 a.m. in MU 105.

This course will serve as an introduction to some of the main topics in social and political philosophy. Questions to be discussed include: what justifies the state? How ought society to be organized? What obligations do we have as citizens? What obligations do we have to resist oppression? What permissions do we have when we live in an unjust society? The substantive goal of this course is to work toward familiarizing ourselves with many of the topics and positions within social and political philosophy, carefully evaluating the arguments given, and trying to develop rationally defensible positions of our own.