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What is the purpose of government? Why should we have a State? What kind of State should we have? Even within a political community, there may be sharp disagreements about the role and purpose of government. Some want an active, involved government, seeing legal and political institutions as the means to solve our most pressing problems, and to help bring about peace, equality, justice, happiness, and to protect individual liberty. Others want a more minimal government, motivated, perhaps, by some of the disastrous political experiments of the 20th Century, and the thought that political power is often just a step away from tyranny. In many cases, these disagreements arise out of deep philosophical disagreements. All political and legal institutions are built on foundational ideas. In this course, we will explore those ideas, taking the political institutions and political systems around us not as fixed and unquestionable, but as things to evaluate and, if necessary, to change. We will consider the ideas and arguments of some of the world’s most celebrated philosophers, including historical thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft, and John Stuart Mill; and more contemporary theorists such as Elizabeth Anderson, Isaiah Berlin, Thomas Christiano, Frantz Fanon, Amy Gutmann, Friedrich Hayek, Robert Nozick, Martha Nussbaum, Julius Nyerere, Ayn Rand, John Rawls, Peter Singer, and Kok-Chor Tan. The aim of the course is not to convince you of the correctness of any particular view or political position, but to provide you with a deeper and more philosophically-informed basis for your own views, and, perhaps, to help you better understand the views of those with whom you disagree....
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1 heure pour terminer

Unit 1: Introduction to Part I of the Course

An introduction to Part I of the course and to some of the fundamental problems in legal and political philosophy. ...
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 34 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video4 vidéos
Lecture 1.1: Political Institutions & Starting Positions7 min
Lecture 1.2: Peace & Problem Solving 8 min
Lecture 1.3: Choice Points in Designing a State 12 min
Reading4 lectures
Syllabus10 min
Networks10 min
Grading10 min
Argumentative Reflections10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Introduction10 min

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6 heures pour terminer

Unit 2: Happiness and Welfare

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the role for legal and political institutions in promoting happiness, peace, stability, and human flourishing....
Reading
12 vidéos (Total 134 min), 7 lectures, 2 quiz
Video12 vidéos
Lecture 2.1.0: Happiness, Thomas Hobbes & the State of Nature 10 min
Lecture 2.1.1: Happiness, Thomas Hobbes & Escaping the State of Nature10 min
Lecture 2.2: Happiness, Welfare & the Scope of the State6 min
Lecture 2.3.0: Happiness, John Stuart Mill & the Harm Principle 9 min
Lecture 2.3.1: Happiness & the Harm Principle 18 min
Lecture 2.4: A More Constructive Role for the State in Promoting Happiness4 min
Lecture 2.5: Promoting Happiness: Collective Action Problems, Public Goods, and Free Riding 14 min
Lecture 2.6.0: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of the State 13 min
Lecture 2.6.1: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Deliberation 7 min
Lecture 2.6.2: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Large Numbers 14 min
Lecture 2.7: Promoting Happiness: Law & Development 17 min
Reading7 lectures
Relevant Readings10 min
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Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Happiness and Welfare22 min

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5 heures pour terminer

Unit 3: Justice

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the State’s role in bringing about justice, introducing and analyzing four different views of justice....
Reading
9 vidéos (Total 135 min), 3 lectures, 2 quiz
Video9 vidéos
Lecture 3.1.0: Distributive Justice & Utilitarianism 11 min
Lecture 3.1.1: Distributive Justice: Problems with Utilitarianism 21 min
Lecture 3.2.0: Justice: The Capabilities Approach 9 min
Lecture 3.2.1: Justice: The Ten Central Human Capabilities22 min
Lecture 3.3: Justice: Nozick's Entitlement Theory 14 min
Lecture 3.4.0: Justice: Rawls's Theory of Justice13 min
Lecture 3.4.1: Justice: Rawls & The Original Position15 min
Lecture 3.4.2: Justice: Rawls & The Two Principles of Justice 16 min
Reading3 lectures
Relevant Readings10 min
Relevant Readings10 min
Relevant Readings10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Justice20 min

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Unit 4: Equality

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the importance of equality. It introduces and analyzes views of equality as a constraint, and views of equality as a societal or political objective....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 80 min), 3 lectures, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Lecture 4.1.0: Equality as a Constraint: Legal & Political Equality 13 min
Lecture 4.1.1: Equality as a Constraint: Re-Examining Political Equality 13 min
Lecture 4.2: Equality as an Objective: Introduction to Egalitarianism 21 min
Lecture 4.3: Equality: Connections Between Material & Political Equality 19 min
Reading3 lectures
Relevant Readings10 min
Relevant Readings10 min
Relevant Readings10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Equality10 min
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par SDMar 4th 2017

I enjoyed this course and learned a lot. The lecturer was good, and structured the topics and lectures well so that topics were disclosed in a gradual and logical manner. I looked forward to part 2!

par TBJun 24th 2016

Would recommend this course to anyone living during this time as it explores what's true for ALL humans and forces you to think critically about how we can ALL become our best selves

Enseignant

Alexander Guerrero

Assistant Professor
Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Health Policy

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