What is justice? What is freedom? Are persons one another's equals? Are justice and freedom and equality somehow compatible? Or are they essentially at odds? What are rights-where might they come from and which ones (if any) might we have? What is the state and what should it do? What kinds of social and economic institutions and practices are worth defending? If you were God, how would you organize society-and why? This course encourages students to think critically about society via a lively examination of questions such as these.