Your generation can solve some of today’s most pressing social and political problems.  How will you think through them?


Philosophy 2 is built around the philosophical development of two questions central to the concept of a good life:


·      What is justice?

o   How does the concept of justice relate to the formation of social and political institutions?

o   How do various theories of justice inform today’s social justice issues, from systemic racism to economic opportunities?

·      What is a right?

o   Do you have a right to an education?

o   Do you have a right to healthcare?

o   What is religious liberty?

o   What is “state interest”? 

·      We will study a variety of sources, including, but not limited to the following:

o   Epic of Gilgamesh

o   Plato’s Republic

o   Aristotle’s Politics

o   Rousseau’s Social Contract

o   American Indian political philosophy

o   U.S. Constitution

o   Rawls’s A Theory of Justice

o   Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia