Social Ethics and Political Thought (PHIL 170 sec. 002)

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Instructor: Daniel Moseley. This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. in Caldwell 105.

In this course students will examine the central questions of political philosophy.  Do people have a moral obligation to obey the law of the state in which they live?  If so, what is the basis of that obligation?  If not, should people revolt against the state?  Under what conditions, if any, is civil disobedience justified?  What are the requirements of justice?  What does justice require, with regards to liberty, property rights and democratic procedures? Under what conditions, if any, are economic inequalities justified?  Under what conditions, if any, is war justified?  Students will critically examine classical and contemporary philosophical perspectives with an eye to achieving a deeper understanding of these topics.

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