Review Comment

[PHIL W4710] Human Rights and Social Justice

March 02, 2002

Pogge, Thomas
[PHIL W4710] Human Rights and Social Justice

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A former student of John Rawls, Thomas Pogge sure knows his stuff when it comes to studying the works of his dissertation adviser. He's in fact quite prolific and involved in the larger academic world of political theory outside Columbia. But that having been said, I'm not sure if Pogge is exactly the best undergraduate professor. He is very narrowly focused on his research and may in fact be more useful for graduate students. His views are very strict, and academically he is set in his ways. If you do not agree with his particular interpretation of Rawls and his place in political theory, expect to do poorly in the class. Pogge is also a very harsh grader (Do not bring up the old joke that there should be a theory of justice when it comes to grading--he will not be amused). This class is best probably only for students with a real interest in political philosophy/theory. But for those who think this might be an extension of the great philosophical issues of LitHum/CC should be very careful.

Workload:

Workload is fairly light. Part I of Theory of Justice, plus other excerpts in Parts II and III. Maybe one or two other books, e.g., Onora O'Neill's book and Nozick ASU. There is no set syllabus, as Pogge asks the students what they would like to do as the term progresses. MidTerm/Final+2Papers

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL W4710: Human Rights & Social Justice Arthur Kuflik 2006 Spring T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL W4710: Human Rights & Social Justice Arthur Kuflik 2005 Spring T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL W4710: Human Rights & Social Justice Arthur Kuflik 2004 Spring T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL W4710: Human Rights & Social Justice Thomas Pogge 2002 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL W4710: Human Rights & Social Justice Thomas Pogge 2001 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1