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Theories of Justice

Code 15472
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements n.a.
Learning outcomes This Curricular Unit has the following objectives:
- To introduce to the study of the theorization of social justice as a concept
- Allow the exploration of the main theories of Justice in contemporary political thought
- Make students aware of the current trends of debate about Justice
- Encourage reflection and discussion around the main issues and concrete problems that concern Justice in the current socio-political horizon.
Syllabus 1. The problem of justice in a political community
1.1 The concept of social justice and its aspects
1.2 The idea of just institutions
1.3 Main themes and concrete topics (income, property, inheritance, extended redistribution, etc.)

2. Main theories of justice in contemporary political thought
2.1 Theories with an egalitarian approach
2.2 Theories with a libertarian approach
2.3 Theories with a communitarian approach
3. Current trends in the debate about justice
Main Bibliography . ROSAS, João Cardoso, 2012, Concepções de Justiça, Lisboa, Edições 70.
. CABRAL MONCADA, Luís, 1995, Filosofia do Direito e do Estado, 2 Vol., Coimbra, Coimbra Editora.
. RAWLS, John, 1997, O Liberalismo Político, Editorial Presença, Lisboa.
. WALZER, Michael, 1999. As Esferas da Justiça, Editorial Presença, Lisboa.
. NOZICK, R., 2009. Anarquia, Estado e Utopia, Edições 70, Lisboa.
. LOCKE, John, Two Treatises of Government, ed. Peter Laslett, Cambridge-London-Sydney, Cambridge University Press, 1980.
. ROUSSEAU, J.-J., Du Contrat Social, Oeuvres, Lyon, 1796, Partie II, Tomo II, pp.1-252.
. WOLFF, Jonathan, 2004. Introdução à Filosofia Política. Lisboa: Gradiva.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria - 1 written test (50% of the final mark)
- 1 essay on theories of justice based on readings from the indicated bibliography, accompanied by presentation and discussion (40% of the final mark)
- Active participation (10% of the final mark)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-02-26

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