In this course, we will examine Moral Contractualism – the theory that moral duties are grounded in some form of hypothetical contract or agreement between free, rational agents. The course will be divided into two broad parts. In the first part, we will read and discuss selections from the work of two prominent defenders of Moral Contractualism – John Rawls and Tim Scanlon. In the second part, we will examine critical responses to the theories of Rawls and Scanlon. We will also consider the implications of the debate between contractualists and their critics for issues such as climate change, world povery, global justice, and population growth.

Teacher: Timothy Campbell

Course dates: August 31 – October 19

Time and location: Wednesdays 14–16 in D734

The schedule is on the page for kandidatkursen and magisterkursen.