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PPR308: Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy
This module will address central issues in contemporary ethical (including meta-ethical), legal and political philosophy, and will allow a systematic critical exploration of the connections between ideas and arguments in each of the three areas of the subject.
Topics covered will include some of the following: modern theory of moral motivation, value theory, contractualism, the 'moral problem'; responsibility and criminal liability, the justification of punishment, the proper scope of the law; democratic theory, egalitarianism, justice, nationalism, multiculturalism, liberty and human rights.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.
R. Goodin and P. Pettit (eds.) Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology (Blackwell 1997)
H.L.A. Hart Punishment and Responsibility (Oxford University Press 1968)
S. Scheffler (ed.) Consequentialism and its Critics (Oxford University Press 1988)
M. Smith The Moral Problem (Wiley-Blackwell 1994)
M. Tebbit Philosophy of Law: An Introduction, 2nd edition (Routledge 2005)
W. Kymlicka Contemporary Political Philosophy 2nd edition (Oxford University Press 2002)
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