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Political Philosophy


Introduction to the philosophical evaluation of political power and the social and economic institutions through which it is exercised. Discussion of such questions as: What justification is there for government? What moral duties do citizens have? Are there moral limits to government authority? Analysis of such concepts as freedom, rights, justice, and equality.

Students entering 2012 or after: satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies one half of the Religion and Philosophy distribution requirement.