GLOBAL SOCIETY AND NEW MEDIA
Updated A.Y. 2019-2020
The fundamental question we try to answer in this course is: what do we owe to each other? In looking for plausible answers, we will first study the main contemporary theories of justice, namely, utilitarianism, libertarianism, contractualism and communitarianism which find their roots in the political philosophies of Aristotle, Locke, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Bentham and Mill. The current political debate in the Western democracies largely reflects these theories and views although the main actors involved do not always have full awareness of it. An inquire into our duties is interested mainly in identifying and justifying those principles of justice that guide our actions and shape and design our institutions. Since the focus of this course is on global justice our concern is to understand how individuals and states ought to conduct themselves in relation to others on the world stage. In particular we will test the theories of justice in relation to issues such as world poverty, global inequalities, immigration and climate change.
Students are expected to read the material for every class and participate in every lecture.
Schedule of Topics
Topic 1 Introduction to moral theories
Topic 2 Utilitarianism
Topic 3 Libertarianism
Topic 4 Contractualism (Rawls)
Topic 5 Equalization of endowments and capabilities
Topic 6 Communitarianism and Republicanism
Topic 7 Cosmopolitanism vs. Social Liberalism
Topic 8 World poverty and global inequality
Topic 9 Borders: immigration and territory
Topic 10 Climate change justice
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