POLS 314 The Modern Search for Justice

Spring, Fall

Where, according to the moderns, did classical search for justice go wrong? Why was a new beginning—why were new beginnings—for this search reasonable or necessary? Although modern thought leads to concepts with which we are familiar, it also carefully examines whether humans are in fact equal, whether they have natural rights, whether democracy is a good form of government, and ultimately, whether reason is capable of solving such moral puzzles definitively.


Prerequisites: Methods of Political Inquiry and one of the following American Political Thought and Statesmanship, Modern Ideologies, Philosophy of Law, Justice, Equality, and Liberty, Black Political Thought, HUM201 (Politics Track), or the permission of the instructor.