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Justice, Equality, and Economics

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This seminar will focus on a critical examination of the capabilities approach to equality and justice that has been articulated and defended by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. The course will begin with an overview of theories of justice and equality discussed by John Rawls, Robert Nozick, Ronald Dworkin, Harry Frankfurt, Richard Arneson, G. A Cohen, and Elizabeth Anderson. After our discussion of these authors we will move to a reading of Nussbaum's "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach", followed by a reading of Harry Brighouse and Ingrid Robeyns' anthology, "Measuring Justice: Primary Goods vs. Capabilities". In the final third of this course we will look at topics in the philosophy of economics and law and recent discussions of what constitutes a meaningful life by Susan Wolf.