PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Fall 2014, Section 002 - Love and Justice
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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I love you….I want justice….Have I treated you fairly?….Can we be friends?....You have no right to do that….It is the just thing to do….Let justice roll down like waters….All you need is love….All is fair in love….Justice is blind….Love is blind…. In this course we will undertake a philosophical inquiry into two elemental virtues of human togetherness: love and justice — separately, in harmony, and in tension. Drawing upon philosophical texts as well as expressions of love and justice in various texts, music, drama, and art, we will endeavor to think through love and justice in our own lives, our public and personal situations, our own societies, our own bondings. And we will ask: can life be worth living without love or justice or both?

Course Requirements:

(1) A paper that students develop in stages over the course of the semester and (2) participation that includes a number of activities such as small-group analysis of weekly “case studies” of love and/or justice, student-led presentation and discussion, and the possibility of some activities outside of class.

Intended Audience:

First-year students ready to engage with others in thinking rigorously, openly, and creatively about love and justice.

Class Format:

Lecture, small-group discussion, full-class discussion, student-led discussion.


PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
7Enrollment Management
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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