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USD School of Law THEORIES OF JUSTICE
Richard Arneson

Fall, 2008

SYLLABUS. Contains information on course readings, requirements, policies and procedures, and so on, not duplicated below on this web page.

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE. Contains mostly links to required and recommended readings not in the course texts.

WEEK 1. August 25-31.
MON: Handout, "Rawls and utilitarianism."
WED: Readings: Peter Singer, "Famine, Affluence, and Morality." Richard Miller, "Beneficence, Duty, and Distance."

WEEK 2. September 1-7.
MON: NO CLASS. HOLIDAY.
WED: Notes on Rawls, chapters 1 and 2.

WEEK 3. September 8-14.
MON: Notes on the original position.
WED: Notes on Rawls, chapter 4.

WEEK 4. September 15-21.
MON: Notes on Rawls, chapter 5. Further notes: What institutions would satisfy Rawls's principles?
WED: Reading: G. A. Cohen, "Where the Action Is: On the Site of Distributive Justice."
Note--Jerry Cohen versus John Rawls.
MIDTERM WRITING ASSIGNMENT (due October 13).

WEEK 5. September 22-28.
MON: Introduction to Nozick on natural moral rights.
WED: Notes on Nozick, ch. 7, part 1.

WEEK 6. September 29-October 5.
MON: Notes on Nozick & Natural Rights.
WED: Readings: Amartya Sen, "Rights and Agency" (sections 1-4 only are required); Judith Thomson, "Tradeoffs."
Notes on Nozick versus Sen.

WEEK 7. October 6-12.
MON: Readings: Judith Thomson, "Self-Defense,"; G.E.M. Anscombe, "War and Murder."
WED: Notes on Nozick, chapter 4. Further notes: More questions on Nozick, chapter 4.

WEEK 8. October 13-19.
MON: Midterm writing assignment due in class. Reading: Amartya Sen, "Equality of Capabilities." Notes on Martha Nussbaum, chapter 1.
WED:

WEEK 9. October 20-26.
MON: Recommended, not required reading: Thomas Nagel, "The Problem of Global Justice."
WED: Readings: A. John Simmons, "The Principle of Fair Play"; Christopher Wellman, "Liberalism, Samaritanism, and Political Legitimacy."Further notes on the Hart-Rawls principle of fair play.

WEEK 10. October 27-November 2.
MON: Readings: Christopher Wellman, "A Defense of Secession and Political Self-Determination"; Allen Buchanan, "Theories of Secession."
WED: Notes on Dworkin vs. equality of welfare. WRITING ASSIGNMENT, due December 12.

WEEK 11. November 3-9.
MON: Notes on Dworkin on equality of resources.
WED: Notes: the welfarist strikes back.

WEEK 12. November 10-16.
WED: Reading: Elizabeth Anderson, "What Is the Point of Equality?"; Samuel Scheffler, "Choice, Circumstance, and the Value of Equality."

WEEK 13. November 17-23.
MON: Recommended reading: Richard Epstein, ";Utilitarian Foundations for Natural La."

WEEK 14. November 24-30.
WED: NO CLASS. HOLIDAY.

WEEK 15. December 1-7.

Writing assignment due December 12.