Phil 285 Political Philosophy (Hight)

Students in this course will be given the opportunity over the semester to draft a constitution of their own devising for a civil society. The course will discuss basic concepts required to make informed decisions about that document. Topics to be discussed will include the nature and extent of government, the legitimate purposes and functions of government, the nature of rights, the nature of the property (including property rights), and more. At the end of the term we will discuss and debate the relative merits of the constitutions developed, building on our previous work. The goal of the course is introduce basic concepts and issues in contemporary political philosophy and apply them to current concerns. No previous work in philosophy is required or assumed. Students in economics, political science, and philosophy are especially welcome.