PHILOSOPHY 285: SOCIAL JUSTICE
PROFESSORS RICHARD ARNESON AND GERALD DOPPELT
FALL, 2007

SUGGESTED PAPER TOPICS.

SYLLABUS

WEEK 1.Sept. 27
Further reading: Thomas Nagel, "Rawls on Justice" (Phil Review, 1973)
Notes, "Overview of Rawls"

WEEK 2. Oct. 4
Notes, The Original Position.

WEEK 3. Oct. 11
Further reading: Ronald Dworkin, "What Is Equality? Part 2: Equality of Resources" (Philosophy and Public Affairs1981)

WEEK 4. Oct. 18.
Reading: Thomas Pogge, "Can the Capability Approach Be Justified?".
Further reading: Richard Arneson, "Perfectionism and Politics" (Ethics, 2000).

WEEK 5. October 25
Further reading: T. M. Scanlon, "A Theory of Freedom of Expression" (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1972).

WEEK 6. November 1
Reading: G. A. Cohen, "Where the Action Is: On the Site of Distributive Justice" (Philosophy and Public Affairs 1998, reprinted in his If You're an Egalitarian, How come You're So Rich)
Reading: Andrew Williams, "Incentives, Inequality, and Publicity" (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1998).

WEEK 7. November 8.
Reading: John Rawls, "Justice as Fairness: Political Not Metaphysical" (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1985).

WEEK 8.November 15.
Further reading: Charles Beitz, . Also Allen Buchanan.

WEEK 9. November 22 (THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY), No class.

WEEK 10. November 29.
Further reading: Michael Blake, "Distributive Justice, State Coercion, and Autonomy" (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 199X).
Further reading: Richard Miller, "Cosmopolitan Respect and Patriotic Concern" (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1998).

WEEK 11. December 6.
TOPIC: Multiculturalism and Nussbaum on global justice.
Reading: In course reader.

EXTRA TOPIC: Justice and Disability.
Reading: Jeff McMahan, "Cognitive Disability, Misfortune, and Injustice" (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1996).