PHIL 021. Social and Political Philosophy

What makes a society just? What are the principles of a just distribution of goods and burdens in a society? Is there a basis for state authority? If yes, what is it? If not, why not? Can punishment, especially by the state, be justified? How? Do politicians sometimes have to act immorally and "dirty their hands"? Is everything in principle up for sale or are there moral limits to markets? This course focuses on the above core questions of political philosophy.
PEAC eligible only when taught by PHIL instructor K. Thomason. Eligible with arranged assignment and by obtaining instructor and program coordinator written approval before drop/add period ends. 
Prerequisite: First- and second-year students must complete one introductory level PHIL course before enrolling in this course.
1 credit.
Fall 2018. Baumann.
Catalog chapter: Philosophy  
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