Western Political Philosophy (PHIL 370)

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Instructor: Bernard Boxill. This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in Caldwell 105.

In Book V of the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle divided particular justice (the fair and equal) into distributive and rectificatory (or corrective) justice. We will read Aristotle’s discussion and then focus on a series of contemporary articles available electronically that try to get clear on the distinction Aristotle made and on the nature of rectificatory or corrective justice and its relation to distributive justice as these are now understood.  The readings are not exegeses of Aristotle. Disputes and arguments about various conceptions and accounts of rights and their violation and infringement and on compensation, restitution, reparation, apology, forgiveness and punishment will be covered.

Bernard Boxill’s webpage