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What is the purpose of government? Why should we have a State? What kind of State should we have? Even within a political community, there may be sharp disagreements about the role and purpose of government. Some want an active, involved government, seeing legal and political institutions as the means to solve our most pressing problems, and to help bring about peace, equality, justice, happiness, and to protect individual liberty. Others want a more minimal government, motivated, perhaps, by some of the disastrous political experiments of the 20th Century, and the thought that political power is often just a step away from tyranny. In many cases, these disagreements arise out of deep philosophical disagreements. All political and legal institutions are built on foundational ideas. In this course, we will explore those ideas, taking the political institutions and political systems around us not as fixed and unquestionable, but as things to evaluate and, if necessary, to change. We will consider the ideas and arguments of some of the world’s most celebrated philosophers, including historical thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft, and John Stuart Mill; and more contemporary theorists such as Elizabeth Anderson, Isaiah Berlin, Thomas Christiano, Frantz Fanon, Amy Gutmann, Friedrich Hayek, Robert Nozick, Martha Nussbaum, Julius Nyerere, Ayn Rand, John Rawls, Peter Singer, and Kok-Chor Tan. The aim of the course is not to convince you of the correctness of any particular view or political position, but to provide you with a deeper and more philosophically-informed basis for your own views, and, perhaps, to help you better understand the views of those with whom you disagree....
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Unit 1: Introduction to Part I of the Course

An introduction to Part I of the course and to some of the fundamental problems in legal and political philosophy. ...
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4 个视频(共 34 分钟), 4 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
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Lecture 1.1: Political Institutions & Starting Positions7分钟
Lecture 1.2: Peace & Problem Solving 8分钟
Lecture 1.3: Choice Points in Designing a State 12分钟
Reading4 个阅读材料
Syllabus10分钟
Networks10分钟
Grading10分钟
Argumentative Reflections10分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Introduction10分钟

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完成时间为 6 小时

Unit 2: Happiness and Welfare

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the role for legal and political institutions in promoting happiness, peace, stability, and human flourishing....
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12 个视频(共 134 分钟), 7 个阅读材料, 2 个测验
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Lecture 2.1.0: Happiness, Thomas Hobbes & the State of Nature 10分钟
Lecture 2.1.1: Happiness, Thomas Hobbes & Escaping the State of Nature10分钟
Lecture 2.2: Happiness, Welfare & the Scope of the State6分钟
Lecture 2.3.0: Happiness, John Stuart Mill & the Harm Principle 9分钟
Lecture 2.3.1: Happiness & the Harm Principle 18分钟
Lecture 2.4: A More Constructive Role for the State in Promoting Happiness4分钟
Lecture 2.5: Promoting Happiness: Collective Action Problems, Public Goods, and Free Riding 14分钟
Lecture 2.6.0: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of the State 13分钟
Lecture 2.6.1: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Deliberation 7分钟
Lecture 2.6.2: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Large Numbers 14分钟
Lecture 2.7: Promoting Happiness: Law & Development 17分钟
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Happiness and Welfare22分钟

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Unit 3: Justice

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the State’s role in bringing about justice, introducing and analyzing four different views of justice....
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9 个视频(共 135 分钟), 3 个阅读材料, 2 个测验
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Lecture 3.1.0: Distributive Justice & Utilitarianism 11分钟
Lecture 3.1.1: Distributive Justice: Problems with Utilitarianism 21分钟
Lecture 3.2.0: Justice: The Capabilities Approach 9分钟
Lecture 3.2.1: Justice: The Ten Central Human Capabilities22分钟
Lecture 3.3: Justice: Nozick's Entitlement Theory 14分钟
Lecture 3.4.0: Justice: Rawls's Theory of Justice13分钟
Lecture 3.4.1: Justice: Rawls & The Original Position15分钟
Lecture 3.4.2: Justice: Rawls & The Two Principles of Justice 16分钟
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Justice20分钟

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Unit 4: Equality

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the importance of equality. It introduces and analyzes views of equality as a constraint, and views of equality as a societal or political objective....
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5 个视频(共 80 分钟), 3 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
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Lecture 4.1.0: Equality as a Constraint: Legal & Political Equality 13分钟
Lecture 4.1.1: Equality as a Constraint: Re-Examining Political Equality 13分钟
Lecture 4.2: Equality as an Objective: Introduction to Egalitarianism 21分钟
Lecture 4.3: Equality: Connections Between Material & Political Equality 19分钟
Reading3 个阅读材料
Relevant Readings10分钟
Relevant Readings10分钟
Relevant Readings10分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Equality10分钟
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创建者 SDMar 4th 2017

I enjoyed this course and learned a lot. The lecturer was good, and structured the topics and lectures well so that topics were disclosed in a gradual and logical manner. I looked forward to part 2!

创建者 TBJun 24th 2016

Would recommend this course to anyone living during this time as it explores what's true for ALL humans and forces you to think critically about how we can ALL become our best selves

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Alexander Guerrero

Assistant Professor
Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Health Policy

关于 University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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