Theories of Justice

This course will explore the most prominent and influential accounts of justice developed in recent decades. It will take its start from the monumental work of John Rawls, who challenged the dominance of utilitarian approaches to social and political issues and revived the contractarian tradition. It will then consider libertarian, egalitarian, and communitarian responses to Rawls, conceptions of justice concerned less with distribution than with subtle and pervasive forms of domination and oppression, and concrete examples of injustice involving such factors as gender and race.