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17.01J / 24.04J Justice, Spring 2006

Photograph of scales casting a shadow.
Photograph of scales casting a shadow. (Image courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features all of its lecture notes and detailed descriptions of its assignments. A reading list and study questions are also available in the readings section.

Course Description

This course explores three fundamental questions about the ideal of a just society and the place of values of liberty and equality in such a society. Answers to the questions provided by three contemporary theories of justice: Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, and Egalitarian Liberalism will be examined. To assess the strengths and weaknesses of these theories, a discussion of their implications for some topics of ongoing moral-political controversy will also be covered.


Prof. Joshua Cohen

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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