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Postgraduate Course: Distributive Justice MSc (PHIL11116)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPhilosophy Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionHow should the benefits and burdens of social cooperation be distributed? This course examines various answers to this question, various proposed principles of distributive justice. Among the principles considered are, for example, utilitarianism (maximise the sum of individual utilities), Rawls' difference principle (maximise the condition of the least well off), and sufficientism (ensure that everyone has the minimum necessary to live a decent life). The course addresses questions such as the following. Are the correct principles of justice those which would be chosen from behind a 'veil of ignorance'? Should we care about inequalities in resources or well-being or something else? If equality is desirable, would 'levelling down' (i.e., merely reducing the better off to the level of the worse off) be in some way good? Do principles of distributive justice presuppose an unacceptably ahistorical view of property rights?

Distributive Justice MSc is also shared with the undergraduate version Distributive Justice (PHIL10135).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To develop further the philosophical skills, and to extend as well as deepen the philosophical knowledge, acquired in previous philosophy courses.
Assessment Information
One 2500 word essay.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Clayton and Williams (eds). The Ideal of Equality. Palgrave MacMillan, 2002.

Fleurbaey, Salles, and Weymark (eds). Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism: Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Gosepath. 'Equality'. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. <http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/entries/equality/>

Hampton. Political Philosophy. Westview Press, 1997. Ch 4.

Kymlicka. Contemporary Political Philosophy. 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, 2001. Chs. 2-4.

Lamont and Favor. 'Distributive Justice'. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. <http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/entries/justice-distributive/>
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Campbell Brown
Tel:
Email: Campbell.Brown@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
Email: Lynsey.Buchanan@ed.ac.uk
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