Social and Political Philosophy
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PHIL 121. Social and Political Philosophy


This seminar deals with basic questions in social and political philosophy: What is a good state or a good government? How does politics relate to ideas of a good life? Is there an inescapable tension between politics and morality? How do systems of power and political domination function? Can one justify State authority? What is the nature and role of liberty? What, if any, is the justification of legal punishment? How should benefits and burdens be distributed in a society? What is justice? We will discuss both classical and contemporary approaches.
Humanities.
2 credits.
Spring 2019. Baumann.
Catalog chapter: Philosophy  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/philosophy


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