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William J. Talbott
PHIL 510
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Social Philosophy

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Habermas's discourse ethics is one of the most influential normative moral and political theories of the past fifty years. According to Habermas, if we understand the nature of moral inquiry as a social process of communication, understanding that process can both provide us with universal (in a sense to be explored) moral norms and with an understanding of the metaphysics and epistemology of moral judgment. The goal of the course is to understand and critically evaluate Habermas's own view and to see how it supports Habermas's influential criticism of Rawls's Political Liberalism. Each student will do a seminar presentation, a short discussion paper, and a term paper. It is not required, but it will be useful, to have some familiarity with John Rawls, Political Liberalism.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sara L. Caka
Date: 02/14/2007