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Issues in Political Theory (6 points)


Leader: Toby Handfield

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The unit will discuss theories of liberty, equality and justice, and the role of the state in promoting these values. When are inequalities of income and wealth just? Are liberty and equality compatible? Can a secure foundation be provided for individual rights and liberties? Must liberty take priority over other values? These issues will be discussed mainly in the light of the work of contemporary political philosophers, but some reference will also be made to classical thinkers. www.arts.monash.edu.au/phil/undergraduate/lateryear.html

Assessment: Two 1500-2000 word essays (40% each): One hour examination (20%): Optional replacement of second essay by a 2-hour examination

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Philosophy or Politics

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