PHIL 224 - Global Justice
Winter 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Our primary focus will be the moral question of whether we should help the global poor. In particular, we will consider these questions:

  • Should we favor the needs of our fellow citizens over those of the global poor?
  • Should we help the poor simply because they are in need or because we have harmed them in some way?
  • How do concepts of race and gender figure in these discussions?
We will also consider what we can do to help. To this end, we will consider the economic, political, and psychological factors that influence the efficacy of international aid. In particular, we will consider these questions:
  • Is large scale and/or small scale aid effective in alleviating poverty?
  • Can international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank help to distribute international aid effectively?
  • What motivates individuals to aid the global poor?
  • Can governments be motivated to aid the global poor?

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Students from all class levels. No experience with Philosophy is assumed.

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PHIL 224 - Global Justice
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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