AP/PHIL2060 3.0 A: Social and Political Philosophy
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
An introduction to philosophy focusing on problems concerning the nature of society, the nature of the state, justice and human rights, freedom and censorship, etc. Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 2923 3.00.
Office Location: S419 Ross
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Office hours: Monday 1:00-2:30
or by appointment
This course will focus on the conceptual foundations of Western social and political philosophy. It will be divided into two parts, one historical and one contemporary. In the first part, we will engage in an examination of some of the primary texts of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, and Marx. We will pay particular attention to their views about human nature, the social contract, social justice and its foundations, and the nature and origins of inequality. The second part of the course will be devoted to the study of some contemporary thinkers, both to develop an understanding of important criticisms of the classical texts and appreciation of crucial debates in our times. This will include liberal, socialist, and feminist thinkers, as well as some African and aboriginal thinkers.
Andrea Veltman, editor. Social and Political Philosophy. Classic and Contemporary Readings. Oxford
PHIL 2060 KIT - Available at the York Bookstore
First Test (Oct. 9) . . . . . . 30%
Paper (Dec. 2) . . . . . . . . 35%
Final exam . . . . . . . . . . . . 35%
The student completing this course will,
- Understand the origin and development of key ideas in social and political philosophy
- Appreciate contemporary developments in contemporary social and political philosophy
- Evaluate critically arguments related to the nature of society, justice, freedom, and equality.
Write cogently and clearly about social and political issues.
- Academic Honesty
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Religious Observance
- Grading Scheme and Feedback
- 20% Rule
No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.
- Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities