PHILOSOPHY 167 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
PROFESSOR RICHARD ARNESON SPRING, 2007
COURSE SYLLABUS (slightly revised 5/29) (download).
The syllabus contains the complete list of reading assignments and
other information not duplicated on the supplemental calendar below.
Lecture MWF 1:00-1:50 p.m. in Warren Lecture Hall 2113.
Supplemental Calendar. Handouts and announcements, week by week. Links to readings not in
course texts (i.e., readings other than Rawls, Nozick, Dworkin, and Schmidtz) Some
Week 1. April 2-8
FRI: Introduction to Rawls notes. Class does not meet; This class will be rescheduled.
Week 2. April 9-15
MON: Notes on The Original Position. (download)
WED: Regular class at one p.m. and also makeup class, 5-6 p.m., 222 Center Hall.
FRI: Notes on Rawls on equal liberty (download).
Week 3. April 16-22.
MON: Notes on Rawls on distributive shares (download)
WED: Reading: John Rawls, "Justice as Fairness: Political Not Metaphysical." (download)
FRI: Reading: Michael Blake, "Distributive Justice, State Coercion, and Autonomy." (download)
Week 4. April 23-29.
MON: Reading: G. A. Cohen, "Where the Action Is: On the Site of Distributive Justice."(download)
WED: Notes on Nozick on distributive justice (download).
FRI: Guest lecturer: Mr. Dale Dorsey.
Week 5. April 30-May 6
FRI: Reading: Amartya Sen, "Rights and Agency"(download); also Sen, "Equality of Capacities" (download).
Blackboard Notes on Nozick versus Sen (download)
FRI: Midterm Take home exam (download).
Week 6. May 7-13.
MON: Reading: Peter Railton, "Locke, Stock, and Peril: Natural Property Rights, Pollution, and Risk" (download)
Notes on Nozick, chapter 4 (download). Examples of risk imposition, harmless rights violation, easy rescue, and so on (download).
WED: Reading: A. John Simmons, "The Principle of Fair Play." (download)
Recommended reading: R. Arneson, "The Principle of Fairness and
Free Rider Problems."(download)
FRI: Midterm take-home exam due in class. Recommended reading: R. Arneson, "Equality and Equal Opportunity for Welfare." (download)
Week 8. May 21-27
MON: Writing Assignment (download).
MON: Reading: Elizabeth Anderson, "What Is the Point of
Equality?" (download); also Samuel Scheffler, "Choice, Circumstance, and the Value
of Equality." (download).
Recommended: R. Arneson, Luck Egalitarianism and Prioritarianism" (download); also
R. Arneson, "Luck Egalitarianism Interpreted and Defended."(download)
MON: Makeup class notes--Dworkin and Critics (download).
MON: Tips on writing philosophy papers (download). Tips on writing moral philosophy papers (download). Another guide to writing philosophy papers (download).
Week 9. May 28-June 3.
MON: Memorial day Holiday. No class.
Friday: Reading: Thomas Christiano, "The Authority of Democracy" (download)
Week 10. June 4-10.
MON: Writing assignment due in class. Reading: Joshua Cohen, "Deliberation and Democratic Legitimacy"(download);
also Jeremy Waldron, "The Constitutional Conception of Democracy" (download).
WED: Reading: Ronald Dworkin, "Taking Rights Seriously"(download)
FRI: Reading: Allen Buchanan, "Theories of Secession" (download); also Kit Wellman, "A Defense of Secession and Political Self-Determination (download) & "Liberalism, Samaritanism, and Political Legitimacy" (download).
Advance information handout on the final exam (download).
For your information: Final exam short-answer questions posed in 2005 (course readings were somewhat different then) (download).
Arneson's office hours Tuesdays 2-3 p.m. and Thursdays 11-12 a.m. in HSS 8057.
Arneson's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Final Examination Friday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.