Lorenzetti's Allegory of Justice

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










Mary Keys

Prof. Mary Keys

Prof. Ruth Abbey

The Justice Seminar undertakes a critical examination of major theories of justice, focusing on both contemporary sources (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 (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.