Contemporary political debates are to a large extent influenced by John Rawls’s Theory of Justice (1971). Rawls’s work served to renew Western Liberalism where an account of Justice grounded in an imaginary social contract plays the main role in the description of the good society. In this course a number of themes central to, and in some sense resulting from, the Rawlsian conception of justice will be addressed. Thus the course develops an approach to politics and world politics through ethics. Central topics are: International community, political realism, human rights, cosmopolitanism, democracy, feminism, nationalism, distributive justice, overty, war and globalization.

Learning outcomes:

  • Basic knowledge of current ideas in Political Philosophy.
  • An ability to bring contemporary issues in politics and international affairs to philosophical analysis.
  • An understanding of the ethical issues pertinent to politics and political decision-making and an ability to discuss and resolve such issues.

Syllabus and course schedule

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