Course: Reading Rawls

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Course title Reading Rawls
Course code KFHS/B160
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) Historical-philosophical introduction to Rawls' theory of justice 2) Reading, commentary and interpretation of Rawls' work, especially the Theory of Justice. 3) Justice as fairness 4) The original state and the veil of ignorance 5) Two principles of justice 6) Equal freedom for all 7) The second principle of justice, inequality and the principle of difference 8) Civil disobedience 9) Political justice, not metaphysical 10) Political liberalism 11) Moral, religious and philosophical beliefs and overlapping consensus 12) Law of peoples, realistic utopia 13) Community and libertarian criticism, Habermas' critique, open questions

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Reading and interpretation of key questions of Rawls' political philosophy. Introduction to the main arguments of the Theory of Justice, Political Liberalism and the Law of Peoples.
Orientation in basic Rawls´ texts. Ability to critically read and interpret.
KFHS/B130 - Political philosophy

Assessment methods and criteria
Active participation in the seminar Papers and protocols in the seminar Colloquium
Recommended literature
  • Kis, J. Současná politická filosofie. Praha, 1997.
  • MacIntyre. Ztráta ctnosti. Praha, 2004.
  • Nozick. Anarchie, stát a utopie. Praha, 2015.
  • Rawls, J. Právo národů. Praha, 2009.
  • Rawls. Political Liberailsm. Columbia University Press, 1996.
  • Rawls. Spravedlnost jakožto fairness, politická, ne metafyzická. Praha, 1994.
  • Rawls. Teorie spravedlnosti. Praha, 1995.
  • Swift. Politická fílosofie. Praha, 2005.

Study plans that include the course
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