Read What Fall 2021 instructor Moises Macias Bustos has to say about the course:
Individuals have moral values and they seek to approach their relationships with others in a way which reflects those values. This course explores the intersection of philosophy and politics. Throughout the semester we will investigate the connection between the moral values people have and how society should be arranged as a whole to reflect those values. We will address these two crucial questions:
What economic, technological or environmental constraints stand in the way of implementing this vision?
To address such questions we will be reading some important works of political philosophy supplemented by thought-provoking readings exploring connections between philosophy, economics, technology and worldly complexity. I will provide detailed guides to these difficult issues and provide assistance throughout. We will consider questions such as:
As the semester progresses we will take the abstract philosophical principles we have learned and apply them to real life questions related to topics such as global warming, and the impact of artificial intelligence. We will consider the role that economic constraints play in our attempt to construct a morally principled society? These are questions are any policy maker should consider when framing policy in response to a complex world.