PHIL 870.001 – Research Seminar in Political Philosophy

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Instructor: Gerald J. Postema. This course meets R 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. in CW 213.

We will focus on justice, equality and community in relatively recent political philosophy. A major question we will consider is: what duties of justice do we owe others—to our fellow community members? to strangers near and far? A related question is: how should we reconcile demands of justice to compatriots with demands of justice to those beyond our borders?  Questions of the nature and force of claims of equality in the domestic context will lead to question of the grounds and scope of principles of global justice and application of these principles to the issue of immigration. We will explore work of Scanlon, Scheffler, Anderson, O’Neill and others on equality, work of Nagel, Joshua Cohen, Risse, Brock and Miller on global justice, and Miller, and others on immigration.