Course SummaryThis course explores three fundamental questions about the ideal of a just society and the place of values of liberty and equality in such a society. Answers to the questions provided by three contemporary theories of justice: Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, and Egalitarian Liberalism will be examined. To assess the strengths and weaknesses of these theories, a discussion of their implications for some topics of ongoing moral-political controversy will also be covered. (Video/audio recordings of the lectures are currently not available)
Reading Material1. Textbook (MIT 17.01): Capitalism and Freedom
Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780226264219.
2. Textbook (MIT 17.01J): Anarchy, State, and Utopia
Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2006. ISBN: 9780465051007.
3. Textbook (MIT 17.01): A Theory of Justice
Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780674000780.
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Course Material1. Assignments (MIT 17.01)
Assignment topics and sample student papers.