- gains insight in imporant ethical debates in the context of social and political philosophy, more particularly with regards to justice debates.
-gets core knowledge of Rawls, Walzer, Pogge, Nussbaum and others
-application of core concepts to debates on globalization and sustainability.
On a global scale , wealth, health and life opportunities are unfairly distributed. Philosophers have emphasized that this unfairness gives the affluent a moral duty to help the worst-off (Singer, Cullity), others tried to formulate basic principles for a fair society (Rawls, Walzer). Some argue that institutions cause unfairness (Pogge) and should change. In this course, basic theories of justice and key ethical principles (like precautionary principle, equality) are discussed and related to relevant topics in current society. Climate change and poverty will be particulary addressed.