Feb 05, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 4370 - Political and Social Philosophy

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Social and political philosophy most broadly addresses the relation between the individual and the state. It comprises two general areas of inquiry: the nature and legitimacy of various forms of social arrangement, and particular moral issues of a broadly social character. Representative issues of the second sort include privacy, property, punishment, family, and compulsory education. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the continuous history of philosophical writers concerned with the same problems as their predecessors
  • Explain the tradition of thought while demonstrating its relevance for understanding a number of contemporary issues
  • Describe the recurring theme of the encounter of liberalism and communitarianism

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Hobbes and Rousseau
  • Aristotle, Hobbes, and Locke
  • Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau
  • Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, and Mill
  • Aristotle, Hobbes, Rawls, and Nozick
  • Plato and Machiavelli
  • Locke et al.
  • Taylor, Foucault, and Habermas
  • Exams

Dr. Jon Borowicz

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