1. Below is a sample of classes that are either in development or have been taught

  2. Those titled preceded by a * have a complete syllabus available upon request.

  3. Comments are welcome, but please do not disseminate syllabi without permission.

*THE Social Contract

Introduction to political philosophy focusing on Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Marx, Bentham, Nozick and Rawls

*Introduction to Moral Theory

Introduction to moral theory, focusing primarily on the views of Mill, Kant and Aristotle and contemporary variants.

*Political Ethics

Focuses on ethical problems faced by members of political organization like citizens, judges, lawyers and as politicians.

*Liberals, Libertarians and Socialists

Surveys philosophical accounts that underly contemporary political positions including Mill, Burke, Nozick, Rawls and Marx

*Justice and Constitutional Law

Focuses on cases in U.S. Constitutional law from a philosophical perspective; reading both court documents and key texts.

*Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Introduction to the methods and issues of PPE, covering rational choice theory, game theory, norms, and distributive justice. 

Legal Obligation

Surveys the major theories of legal obligations including consent, fair-play, natural duty, and democratic authority.

*Contemporary Kantian Moral Theory

Focuses on contemporary Kantian theorists with the aim of understanding what is inspiring in Kant to each.

*The Value of Democracy?

Surveys the various ways in which theorists---from Plato to Schumpeter to Guttman--have understood democracy.

Recent Work In Political Philosophy

Covers major publications in political theory that are most prominent in current literature and conference discussions.

Philosophy of John Rawls

Introduction to the thought and influence of John Rawls, readings range throughout his career and review criticisms.

*Philosophy of Law

Looks into philosophical issues surrounding contract, property, criminal, tort and international law and their relationship to morality.

University of Pennsylvania, 2014

*Ethics of War

Focus on basic of and alternative to just war theory before applying them to contemporary topics like drone use and secrecy.

*Law and Ethics of Cyber-espionage

Examines the laws and moral issues surrounding interstate cyber-espionage, economic espionage, and surveillance