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215.5 sec. 1 - Foundations of Political Philosophy (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Sarah Song  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: M 2:10-5:00
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Course Start: January 09, 2012


This seminar is intended to acquaint students with some of the main currents in contemporary political philosophy with an eye toward their implications for normative analysis of law and legal institutions. The focus will be on theories of justice and theories of democracy, but we will also discuss the concepts of freedom, equality, and rights in our exploration of justice and democracy. Some of the questions we will pursue include: How do contemporary theories of distributive justice attempt to reconcile the values of freedom and equality? What is the relationship between distributive justice and the "politics of recognition"? What does equality across racial, gender, and religious differences require? What is the relationship between democracy and equality? Why should we accept majority decisions with which we disagree? Is judicial review compatible with democracy?

This course will fulfill the new JSP requirement for a foundation seminar in philosophy or theory. The course is open to JSP, JD, LLM, JSD, and PhD students from other departments on campus. If you are interested in taking the seminar, please write to Prof. Song at ssong@law.berkeley.edu indicating your degree program, your year in the program, and a brief statement of your interest in the course.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Legal Theory and History

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Books:
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  • Anarchy, state, and utopia
    Robert Nozick
    Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [1974]
    ISBN: 9780465097203
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $6.99
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  • Basic political writings
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau; translated and edited by Donald A. Cress; introduced by Peter Gay
    Publisher: Indianapolis : Hackett Pub. Co., c1987.
    ISBN: 9780872200470
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 1
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Democracy and its critics
    Robert A. Dahl
    Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1989.
    ISBN: 9780300049381
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 12.6
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Justice as fairness
    John Rawls; edited by Erin Kelly
    Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
    ISBN: 9780674005112
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 6.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Multicultural citizenship
    Will Kymlicka
    Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; 1995.
    ISBN: 9780198290919
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 14.65
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Spheres of justice
    Michael Walzer
    Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c1983.
    ISBN: 9780465081899
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 9.62
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  • Between facts and norms
    Jrgen Habermas; translated by William Rehg
    Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1998, c1996.
    ISBN: 9780262581622
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 18.75
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  • Democratic Authority
    David M. Estlund,
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN: 9780691143248
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Political liberalism
    John Rawls
    Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2005.
    ISBN: 9780231130899
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 5.99
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