What does it mean to exist as a “self” within the context of the world, history, and community? How is the “self” shaped by a community? Why do some social practices cause oppression? How do we build a conceptual framework to make sense of the various facets of oppression? Do we owe a duty to one another? What are the foundations of justice? This course is a survey of some of the most central issues in moral and social philosophy. The first half of the course addresses foundations in ethical theory as well as the epistemic dimensions of oppression. In the remainder of the course, we will investigate moral issues pertaining to community and justice, with a focus on topics such as gender, race, sexuality, and more. The goals of this course are to help you develop your own ethically justified and defendable views on these topics and gain an understanding of our broader socio-political situatedness.
- Teacher: Meryl Lumba