Archived Versions

17.01J / 24.04J Justice

As taught in: Spring 2006

Photograph of scales casting a shadow.

Scales often represent Justice. (Image courtesy of Daniel Bersak. Used with permission.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Joshua Cohen

Course Features

Course Description

This course explores three fundamental questions about the ideal of a just society and the place of values of liberty and equality in such a society. Answers to the questions provided by three contemporary theories of justice: Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, and Egalitarian Liberalism will be examined. To assess the strengths and weaknesses of these theories, a discussion of their implications for some topics of ongoing moral-political controversy will also be covered.