OverviewIs it right that the talented profit from their (undeserved) talents? Should the government provide compensation for people who find it hard to meet that special someone? Should we think our duties to our compatriots are more important than our duties to people in other countries?
This course is divided into two parts. The first part examines classic topics in political philosophy, such as Rawls Theory of Justice, Nozick's libertarianism and the feminist and communitarian criticism of political liberalism. The second part of the course will explore issues within contemporary political philosophy, such as equality, our obligations to those in the developing world, and the politics of immigration. We will consider whether we can make sense of political obligation between states as well as within states. We will look at these issues in the context of particular recent case studies.
This module appears in:
Total Contact Hours: 30
Also available under code PL619 (level 6)
Method of assessment
Seminar Performance 10%
Mid-term Essay (1500 words) 40%
Final Essay (2,000 words) 50%
Indicative Reading List
Goodin, R., and Pettit, P. (eds.), (1998) A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, London: Blackwell
Kymlicka, W. (2002) Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction, New York: OUP
Wolff, J. (1996). An Introduction to Political Philosophy, Oxford: OUP
On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate an appreciation of a number of philosophical topics such as the sources and scope of political authority, and the ideals of equality, fraternity and freedom;
8.2 Read analytic philosophy in a way that is considered, reflective, and imaginative;
8.3 Write analytic philosophy in a way that is careful, logical, structured and coherent.
8.4 Demonstrate understanding of issues within contemporary political philosophy, such as our obligations to those in the developing world, the role of a private sphere of action, and the politics of immigration.