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Theories of Justice

International Relations
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the historical developments of the concept of justice and to the main theories related to social justice today. Also, it describes the different dimensions of justice in contemporary political thinking.

Course Content

1. History of the concept of Justice

  a) Plato and The Republic

  b) John Locke and the theory of natural law

  c) John Stuart Mill and the concept of utilitarianism

  d) John Rawls and the social contract

  e) Robert Nozick and the theory of utopia

2. Main theories

  a) Egalitarian theories

  b) Libertarian theories

  c) Communitarian theories

3. Types of justice


John Locke - Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration (2003)

John Rawls - A Theory of Justice - Belknap Press (1999)

John Stuart Mill - Utilitarianism

Michael Walzer - Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad - University of Notre Dame Press (2006)

Plato - The Republic

Robert Nozick - Anarchy State and Utopia - Wiley-Blackwell (2001)