Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

The course examines the ways the market impacts our social and political relations and the ways in which our legal institutions constrict and enable the market. Is the market a friend or foe of equality? What kind of freedom does the free market give us? Do businesses have an obligation to support socially desirable ends? Much of the coursework will be dedicated to tying Supreme Court case opinions to classical and contemporary political philosophy.

Student Outcomes

Students will (1) be familiar with basic theories, issues, and concepts, (2) identify important thinkers and their views, (3) develop skills in understanding and critically analyzing texts, (4) hone their ability to construct, articulate, and defend philosophical arguments (verbally and in writing).