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180029 SE Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia (2016W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia” (1974) is often read as an antithesis to John Rawls’ “Theory of Justice” (1971). While Rawls argues for an egalitarian society that accepts inequalities only insofar as they are to the benefit of the least well-off members, Nozick rejects redistributive schemes and limits legitimate state intervention to such basic tasks as protection against force and and enforcement of contracts. In an interview, Michael Sandel - an active third party in the controversy between his two department colleagues at Harvard University - summarizes the result of the debate as follows: “The Rawls/Nozick debate was, I think, pretty much over even before their deaths. In the philosophical world, Rawls and the Rawlsians won decisively; in the political world, I am afraid, the Nozickians won, but it isn’t philosophers, it is economists, who relish the victory”.
It is thus perhaps not surprising that in spite of this philosophical defeat, some “lists of bests” can be found on the internet that rank Nozick’s opus magnum as the “most influential book since WWII”. This class undertakes a careful close critical reading of Nozick’s text - with an eye on the scope and limits of the philosophical argument developed in this work.

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Details

max. 45 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 14.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 21.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 28.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 04.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 11.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 18.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 25.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 02.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 09.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 16.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 13.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 20.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 27.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims:
- Thorough knowledge of the line of argument developed in Nozick's seminal 1974 book.
- Basic competence in selected core issues in the philosophy of social justice.

Content:
- Robert Nozick (1974): Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Oxford, Blackwell.
- Additional reading material

Method:
- Close Reading
- Group discussion

Assessment and permitted materials

- Active participation (15%)
- Discussion inputs to 4 different sessions (env. 1,5 page each; to be submitted by Wednesday, 12PM, in preparation of the discussion on Friday via Moodle) (30%)
- Moderation of the discussion in one session (15%)
- Short (but concise) term paper (10 pages) to be submitted by Feb. 10, 2017 (40%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Active participation (15%)
- Discussion inputs to 4 different sessions (env. 1,5 page each; to be submitted by Wednesday, 12PM, in preparation of the discussion on Friday via Moodle) (30%)
- Moderation of the discussion in one session (15%)
- Short (but concise) term paper (10 pages) to be submitted by Feb. 10, 2017 (40%).

Examination topics

Reading list

- Robert Nozick (1974): Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Oxford, Blackwell.
- Additional reading material

Association in the course directory

BA M 6.3, PP 57.3.6, UF PP 09, HPS M1.1, M1.3

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