Sunday, October 24, 2010

Social & Political Philosophy

I am happy to announce that I get to teach a new class at BCC this coming Spring 2011 semester: Social & Political Philosophy. I am still working out the details of the course content, but this political climate has been giving me many ideas.

The idea so far is to cover four topics:

Authority & Law
Democracy & Decision
Communism & Equality
Capitalism & Freedom

For each topic, we will examine texts from many societies to look critically at how humanity understands and lives the ideals of law, decision making, equality and freedom. In particular, we will consider how communism sometimes sacrifices freedom for equality and capitalism sometimes sacrifices equality for freedom.