The Justice Seminar


"Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought."

-- John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, p. 3










Prof. Mary Keys

This course undertakes a critical examination of major theories of justice, focusing on both contemporary sources (usually including John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, Kenneth Arrow's seminal papers on social choice theory and recent papers in behavioral economics) and classic works of political theory and practice (usually including Aristotle's Politics and the Lincoln-Douglas debates). The seminar requires substantial student participation in the forms of seminar presentations and discussion. This class is the core course for the College’s interdisciplinary minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. It also counts as Integration Course and can be used to satisfy the University requirement in Philosophy.