Examine issues in social justice, explore the philosophical foundations that find expression in the various assumptions of people, expressions enshrined and embedded within the various structures of our society, often unbeknownst to us because of enculturation and uncritical thinking. Sandel’s book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? is an especially good platform for our purposes. Indeed, what is justice and the right thing to do? Nussbaum’s book Creating Capabilities not only introduces us to the human capabilities approach but also helps us see how normative social and political thinking impacts our understanding of justice.
Instructor: Thomas Nowlin
Nussbaum, Martha. Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach. Boston, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011.
Sandel, Michael. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009.
Class Meeting: Thursdays, 6:00 PM ET, May 14 — August 17