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PHL 330 Social and Political Philosophy (3 credits)

This course serves as an introduction to major works in the history of social and political philosophy. With a survey of important figures and texts from pre-modern, modern and contemporary periods, the course will address basic philosophical questions about the individual, society and the political order. These questions include: In what sense is the political order a community? What is the philosophical basis and justification of law and political authority? What are the social and political implications of a commitment to human freedom and equality? What is justice? What are the necessary social conditions for realizing freedom, justice and human flourishing?