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Instructor: David Koepsell, JD, PhD, Asst. Professor of Philosophy at Delft University of Technology, DE
In this course we will examine some theories of justice dating from Plato, through the middle ages, into the Enlightenment and beyond. Specifically, we will explore the notion that the state and its laws must be measured against some notion of "Justice," whatever that is. Plato began the discussion, and it has been debated ever since. Recently, the notion of Justice has seen a reemergence due to John Rawls' groundbreaking attempt to describe justice for the modern era in his book A Theory of Justice.
After some brief readings from Plato's Republic, we will trace briefly the evolution of Plato's notion of Justice, its adoption by Christianity up through the middle ages, and modern theorists' attempts to break away from divine notions of justice and establish boundaries for state action that are entirely secular. We will spend the second half of the course reading and discussing selections from Rawls and his major critic Robert Nozick. The course will give you a basic introduction to major theories of justice, and especially Rawls.
About CFI Institute Online Courses:
CFI 200-level courses are taught at an intellectual level equivalent to an introductory college course. We expect students to participate in the class discussion at their own chosen pace, and there are no other writing requirements and no grading. These classes are entirely online — everything for the course except the book is provided on a CFI website. You will read the course lectures, follow links to other webpages, ask your questions, and participate in class discussion with the instructors and other students on our website.
There is no specific time that you must be online. There is no "live" part to these courses, and you cannot miss anything even if you can only get online at 6am or 11pm — you can log in and participate anytime, day or night, 24/7. A certificate of course completion is available to students who do participate online (as opposed to only lurking and reading, which is also an unobjectionable option for some students). Completion of eight courses at the Expertise 200-level is rewarded with the Institute's Certificate of Expertise.
Online courses are now jointly advertised by the Center for Inquiry and the American Humanist Association, and both organizations encourage their members and affiliates to consider taking them. Online courses are the most visible sign that CFI and the AHA have entered a cooperative relationship on some educational programming. That cooperation is facilitated by Dr. John Shook, who now serves as education coordinator for both CFI and AHA.
This is a one-month course, running from February 1, 2013 through February 28, 2013.
Cost: $70 for general registration; $60 for Friends of the Center; or $30 for college students (valid .edu email address required).
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