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Philosophy & Social Justice - Chapter Summary
This chapter examines some of the key players and topics that have influenced philosophy and social justice. You'll learn about philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle and explore the social views of individuals like John Rawls and Karl Marx. If you need additional information about these philosophers and perspectives, feel free to submit questions to our experts. When you're ready, gauge your comprehension of this chapter by taking our mini quizzes and practice exam. After completing this chapter, you'll be ready to:
- Describe Plato and Aristotle's views on social justice
- Summarize The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
- Exhibit knowledge of John Rawls' A Theory of Justice
- Analyze Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women
- Discuss bell hooks' views on systems of oppression
- Explain Susan Okin's perspective on the impact being born male or female has on opportunities
1. Plato & Aristotle on Social Justice
Go back in time over 2,000 years to consider how justice was understood in ancient Greek society by the philosophers Plato and Aristotle. See how their views compare to one another and to our views of what makes a society just.
2. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto
This lesson will explore the 19th century roots of Marxism and communism. In doing this, it will explain the role the Industrial Revolution played in forming the famous work of Marx and Engels, known as the Communist Manifesto.
3. John Rawls' 'A Theory of Justice'
Does your position in society affect how you think about justice? This lesson looks at a thought experiment proposed by John Rawls that involves imagining social justice from a new perspective.
4. A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft: Summary & Analysis
This lesson covers Mary Wollstonecraft's famous feminist treatise ''A Vindication of the Rights of Women.'' We'll discuss the essay's historical context and major themes, its influence on female writers and feminism, and finish the lesson with a quick quiz.
5. Postmodernism, bell hooks & Systems of Oppression
This lesson explores what scholar bell hooks describes as systems of oppression. We'll look at how she claims these systems influence what we believe and how to overcome this through critical thinking.
6. Susan Okin's 'Justice, Gender & the Family'
In this lesson, you'll consider how being born male or female affects our opportunities. You'll learn how Susan Moller Okin understands justice, and why she's interested in the role of the family.
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Other chapters within the Philosophy 101: Intro to Philosophy course
- Introduction to Philosophy & Logic
- Types of Fallacies
- Free Will & Determinism
- Self, Mind & Soul in Philosophy
- God in Philosophy
- Religion & Philosophy
- Reality in Philosophy
- Philosophy in Science
- Intro to Epistemology
- Ancient Epistemology
- Modern Epistemology
- Contemporary Epistemology
- Political Philosophy
- Studying for Philosophy 101