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Bleg-Readings for a Morality of War Course

Hi everyone.  I’m conducting an advanced undergraduate course on the morality of war next erm and would be very appreciative if anyone has any suggestions on which books or articles to assign.  Obviously, I know Walzer’s book is a classic, … Continue reading

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19th Century Philosophy: How to make it coherent and interesting?

The 19th Century Philosophically is full of exciting developments that changed our world and that changed philosophy.  The problem that I’ve been having as I work to put together a syllabus for a seminar on it in the spring is … Continue reading

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Political Essays

Here are two questions that strike me as worth thinking about. Say you wanted to teach a liberal arts-style freshman seminar that introduced students to the idea of reflecting on politics and society, but you didn’t want to turn it … Continue reading

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What is a Means of Production?

Though I’m a political philosopher, Marxism/Socialism is not my area of expertise.  Still, I was surprised when, while teaching an essay by Kai Nielsen the other day, I discovered that I really don’t know what a means of production is supposed … Continue reading

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How can I teach Kant–without too much Kant?

Hi all, I just joined Public Reason (having met Simon at a conference) and am looking forward to participating.  I’ve already seen lots of terrific material, and realize that I should have joined long ago. I have what may seem … Continue reading

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Rights Theory and the Bill of Rights

Here’s a quick question I have about teaching jurisprudence. There’s an interesting literature on the nature of rights that will be familiar to many people, and I think it is a good thing for undergraduate jurisprudence students to be exposed … Continue reading

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Teaching Nietzsche

I am teaching Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil) for the first time this term, and I have run into some puzzles I am hoping some of the more experienced Nietzsche scholars on this list can help me work through. The … Continue reading

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Hume and Rousseau on Consent and Legitimacy

Does anyone one know if Rousseau had read Hume’s essay “Of Original Contract”? I’m teaching Hume this year in my second year history of political thought course, in between Locke and Rousseau. Hume showed that political legitimacy and obligation cannot … Continue reading

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