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Justice and Politics

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on December 9, 2019 at 2:40:34 pm



Welcome to the the Justice and Politics wiki, a creation of the upper-level political science course Justice and Politics at SUNY Plattsburgh, originally created in the Fall 2019 semester. 


Throughout the semester, students in the course have studied the history and the present of political theoretical and political philosophical approaches to the question of justice (the course syllabus is available here). As written in the course description:


What is justice? Should the objective of politics and government be to establish a just society? If so, how does a government realize political justice? To explore these and related questions, this course examines political theories of justice dating back to ancient Greece and continuing through contemporary accounts of gender and racial justice. 


This course in political theory is designed to examine contending theories of justice from different time periods, geographic locations, political contexts, and social positions. This will involve the study of canonical Western political philosophy, feminist and anti-racist critiques of Western political philosophy, non-Western political thought, critics of the pursuit of justice, and contemporary black feminist approaches to justice. The course of study throughout the semester will provide a wide-ranging but deep grounding in theories of and approaches to justice, while the final project will involve you analyzing contemporary political debates about a particular “issue area” of justice (disability justice, climate justice, food justice, etc.). 


This wiki constitutes the final project for the course. 



Why Justice? Why Politics?


blah blah blah 


Reading and Using the Wiki






  • why these topics
  • questions about justice to get people thinking 
  • work in project for class // info about class 
  • importance of educating self about justice -> more just world 
  • differing definitions of justice 
  • info on citing the wiki pages
  • what is the purpose of justice  



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