17.01J / 24.04J Justice, Fall 2002
Author(s)Cohen, Joshua, 1951-
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This course explores three broad questions about the values of liberty and equality and their place in a just society: • Which liberties must a just society protect? Freedom of expression? Sexual liberty? Economic liberty? Political liberty? • What sorts of equality should a just society ensure? Equality of opportunity? Of economic outcome? Political equality? • Can a society ensure both liberty and equality? Or are these warring political values? We will approach these questions by examining answers to them provided by three contemporary theories of justice: utilitarianism, libertarianism, and egalitarian liberalism. To clarify these theories, and assess their strengths and weaknesses, we will discuss their implications for some issues about liberty and equality that are topics of current controversy and that exemplify the three broad questions about liberty and equality noted above.
John Stewart Mill, Jeremy Bentham, justice, abortion, supreme court, utilitarianism, libertarianism, egalitarian liberalism, 17.01J, 24.04J, 17.01, 24.04, Justice, Law