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Law and Justice in the Western Tradition
This is an introductory course designed to explore the themes of law and justice as they have been addressed in the philosophical tradition, in contemporary political debates, and in legal opinions. Students will become familiar with these topics through readings in classical, modern, and contemporary works of philosophy as well as Supreme Court cases. At the end of this course, students are expected to have attained familiarity with some of the most important thinkers in the western tradition, (such as Plato, Aquinas, James Madison, Mill, Emma Goldman, Martin Luther King, and Rawls) and to have developed the ability to articulate their views on contemporary political, moral, and legal questions.