Philosophy 365 S
Bahen Centre B024 Professor Gopal Sreenivasan
Mon & Wed 5-6:
The following are available for purchase in the University Bookstore:
In addition, four papers are available online as links from the online syllabus. Note that these readings are not included in the course reader.
There will be three essays (2000 words) required in this course. There will be no examinations. The essays will each be worth 33 percent of the final grade.
The Monday meeting of this class will be a lecture. The Wednesday meeting will be an optional tutorial with the instructor, which will be open to half the class every other week. Three Wednesday meetings over the course of the term are cancelled.
(From my point of view: there will be tutorial every week with [at most] half of you. From your point of view: you have the option of five tutorials, roughly one every other week).
January 9 Introduction. [No Wednesday]
Jan 23 MacCallum, “Negative and positive freedom,” Philosophical Review 76 (1967): 312-34.
Jan 30 Skinner,
February 6 Pettit, Republicanism (Clarendon, 1997), chh. 1 and 2. [No Wednesday]
Feb 13 Williams, “The idea of equality,” Problems of the Self (
First essay due.
Feb 20 Reading week.
Feb 27 Rawls, A Theory of Justice, 2nd ed. (Harvard, 1999), §§11-14 and 17.
March 6 Sen, “Equality of what?,” in S. Darwall (ed.) Equal
March 13 Parfit, Equality or Priority? in J. Harris (ed.) Bioethics (
March 20 Dworkin, Freedom’s Law (Harvard, 1996), Introduction.
March 27 Waldron, “A rights-based critique of constitutional rights,” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 13
Waldron, Law and Disagreement (Clarendon, 1999), chh. 12-13.
Second essay due. [revised]
April 3 Spector, “Judicial Review, Rights, and Democracy,” Law and Philosophy 22 (2003): 285-334.
April 10 Sreenivasan, “Does today’s international trade agreement bind tomorrow’s citizen?,”
Chicago-Kent Law Review 81 (2006): 119-45.
End of lectures.
Third essay due April 28.
Tuesdays 1-3. I will also hold office hours by appointment.
Essays submitted after the due date will be penalised one increment of a grade (e.g., from B to B-). Essays submitted a week or more late will be penalised a further increment for each week late.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. It comes in various forms, all of which carry grave penalties. If in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, ask. You should consult the Philosophy Department’s statement on plagiarism.
Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. The terms that apply to the University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site.
6 March 2006