PHIL 262.3 (01)
Social and Political Philosophy

    Announcements, Etc.

Rawls on Wall Street (20.10.11)

It's not the very greatest installment of "The Stone" (the New York Times' recurring blog featuring general interest essays by contemporary philosophers), but in my opinion it's at least not bad. At the very least, Mazie's essay provides a basic introduction to some of the main themes in Rawls's theory of justice. (Which we will be discussing in class soon enough.)

"Rawls on Wall Street," Steven Mazie (New York Times, Oct. 21, 2011)


Scanlon on Libertarianism (20.10.11)

Since we've been talking about diifferent conceptions of liberty in class recently (and will be for the next few days), I thought I'd pass along the following recent 'pop audience' article by Tim Scanlon (who we'll be reading shortly on the topic of freedom of expression).

Libertarianism and Liberty: How Not to Argue for Limited Government and Lower Taxes
(Boston Review, Oct. 19, 2011)

Time / Location: MWF 10:30 -11:20 PM / AGRIC 2E83
CRN: 85152 (T1, 2011)
Instructor: William Buschert <>
Office / Phone :

ARTS 623 / 966-6955

Office Hours: T 1:00 - 2:00 or by appointment
Required Text:

Robert M. Stewart, Ed., Readings in Social and Political Philosophy, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 1996)

This anthology has been used for previous sections of the course, so there may be some used copies available. If you are buying a used copy, however, be sure that you are buying the 2nd edition.

Recommended Text:

Will Kymlicka, Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction, 2nd Edition. (Oxford University Press, 2002)

We will refer to Kymlicka's book in class only very occasionally and you do not need to purchase a copy in order to pass the course. That said, it is perhaps the clearest and most complete introduction to the subject available and I recommend it to any student who seeks a good background understanding of current debates in social and political philosophy.


Department of Philosophy
Department of Political Studies
Will Buschert's Web Site


Last Updated: 08.01.17