Course Code
PHIL 0110 /PSCI 0110
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

This course critically examines the meaning and political significance of some of the key concepts and values discussed by modern political philosophers, including: power, political authority, democracy, justice, equality, liberty and autonomy. It covers the key works of some major philosophers – including John Rawls, Robert Nozick and Ronald Dworkin – as well as trends in modern socialist and feminist thought.  

Sample reading:  

Ronald Dworkin, Sovereign Virtue: the Theory and Practice of Equality (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000) 

Ross Harrison, Democracy (London: Routledge, 1993) 

Will Kymlicka, Contemporary Political Philosophy 2nd ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002) 

Steven Lukes, Power: a radical view (London: Macmillan, 2005) 

Catharine Mackinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989) 

Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (Oxford: Blackwell, 1974) 

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice Rev. ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999) 

Joseph Raz, The Morality of Freedom (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986)