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Course Description

In this course, the instructor, a philosopher and a teacher of philosophy, wants to merge the two roles for the first time in his career and make his own just-published book the topic of discussion. How do we reason when we identify people as personally responsible for some action, or claim that someone has a personal right to do something? We don't follow scientific or cause-effect reasoning. Rather, we use the same kind of reasoning as when we follow the actions of a narrative. Topics include the difference between juvenile and criminal justice, the nature of contracts, the meaning of civil disobedience, what correctional institutions should be doing, and many others. Your role in class will be different from that of most courses. You’ll be invited to be the instructor's critic. The book is short but challenging. If you’d like to read more about it, consult the Vernon Press website. | Facilitated discussion
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