Basic Course Information

PHL 370: Social and Political Philosophy


Steven W. Patterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept.,
Chair, Division of Letters
Marygrove College.
Office Phone: 313-927-1539
Departmental Phone: 313-927-1556
e-mail: ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps#ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps
Office: 346 Madame Cadillac Hall
Office Hours: by appointment only


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 AM, in Room TBA

Credit Hours



ENG-108; LS-105; and PHL-126, PHL-156 or PHL-276


This class is cross-listed as POL 370. It may satisfy major requirements in both political science and philosophy. See your academic adviser for further details.

Catalog Description

This course comprises an in-depth study of both classic and contemporary problems in social and political philosophy, with emphasis on developing a comprehensive understanding of the concept of justice and of its application to contemporary issues. Writing intensive course.

Required Texts

For this class the required texts are:

1. Political Philosophy in the Twenty-first Century, eds. Steven M. Cahn and Robert B. Talisse (Boulder, CO: Westview Press) 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0-8133-4690-8.

2. Susan Fainstein, The Just City (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press) 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0-8014-7690-7.

Though students will not really need the texts for class until the third week, everyone is advised to acquire their own copy of the books as soon as possible. Neither one is optional. Both are required. Failure to acquire both texts will adversely affect student preparedness and performance.

Please note:

  • If you choose to order your books online, order them by ISBN to be sure that you get the precise edition(s) we will be using.
  • While no other books are required, it is strongly recommended that you obtain or secure access to a collegiate level dictionary and thesaurus (I recommend the handy combination of both in the Oxford Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Edition, ISBN 0-19-513097-9), and a style manual for written English such as the classic Elements of Style by Strunk and White (Fourth Edition, Allyn & Bacon, ISBN 0-205-30902) Regular access to and use of such references will be assumed.
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