Nearly every fundamental ethical and political issue in contemporary civilization has been discussed before. The nature of justice. How we can know right from wrong. Rights of the individual. Standards of good government. Sources of authority. Religion. Science and religion. Disagreements over religion. Power. Whatever the issue, smart people before you have been there and argued about it.
In this course, we’ll study some all-time classics—the questions, answers, and debates you better be familiar with if you want to jump into the conversation—arguments and challenges you better have heard if you want to be sure your own views are right.