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This course will provide an introduction to the moral and social philosophy of Kant, Hegel, and some of Hegel’s successors and critics. Our guiding theme will be freedom. We will ask: What kind of freedom is required for morality? In what sense, if any, are moral laws self-legislated or laws that we give ourselves? What is the relation between our freedom as individuals and the social world around us? Under what social and psychological conditions are we free, exactly, and under what conditions are we unfree? Are workers in a capitalist society free, for example? What about women in a patriarchal society? And why should we value freedom, anyway? Our main text for the course will be Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. Other readings will include Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Beauvoir.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor's Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

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School of Arts & Sciences