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Open Yale Courses: The Moral Foundations of Politics

The Moral Foundations of Politics

I am in no way responsible for the creation of these classes and I am in no way affiliated with Yale University.

These are my notes from the fascinating class offered on Open Yale Courses. Link to Yale’s website, the source of the lectures, is above.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
  3. Natural Law Roots of the Social Contract Tradition
  4. Origins of Classical Utilitarianism
  5. Classical Utilitarianism and Distributive Justice
  6. From Classical to Neoclassical Utilitarianism
  7. The Neoclassical Synthesis of Rights and Utility
  8. Limits of the Neoclassical Synthesis
  9. The Marxian Challenge
  10. Marx’s Theory of Capitalism
  11. Marxian Exploitation and Distributive Justice
  12. The Marxian Failure and Legacy
  13. Appropriating Locke Today
  14. Rights as Side Constraints and the Minimal State
  15. Compensation versus Redistribution
  16. The Rawlsian Social Contract
  17. Included in lecture 16 notes
  18. The Political Not Metaphysical Legacy
  19. The Burkean Outlook
  20. Contemporary Communitarianism, part I
  21. Contemporary Communitarianism, part II
  22. Democracy and Majority Rule I
  23. Democracy and Majority Rule II
  24. Democratic Justice: Theory
  25. Democratic Justice: Applications

Alasdair MacIntyre, America, American Revolution, Aristotle, bourgeois, classical utilitarianism, communism, Communist manifesto, communitarian, communitarianism, consent, democracy, democratic justice, distribution, economic policies, economics, Enlightenment project, founding Fathers, France, freedom, French Revolution, harm principle, Hobbes, J.S. Mill, James Madison, Jeremy Bentham, John Locke, John Rawls, John Stuart Mill, justice, Karl Marx, labor, labor power, labor rights, liberalism, libertarian, libertarianism, liberty, Marxism, Moral philosophy, neoclassical, utilitarianism, Pareto, pareto inferior, pareto superior, philosophy, Plato, political economy, political philosophy, political science, politics, redistribution, redistributive policies, Republic, Richard Rorty, rights synthesis, Robert Nozick, Rousseau, security, socialism, state of nature, surplus value, the Enlightenment, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Tocqueville, utilitarianism, working-class, workmanship ideal

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