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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 86.45 Race, Justice, and the Law

The last few years has seen increased calls for “racial justice” by a range of actors across the USA. How should we evaluate these calls? For example: what exactly is racial justice? What would it mean for our society to achieve more of it? And what methods for achieving it are (and are not) permissible in a pluralistic, democratic society? We will approach these and related questions by engaging with theories of racial justice, general theories of justice, and theories of race and racism. As part of our discussion, we will also engage with debates about more specific social/political issues tied to debates about racial justice, including such issues as mass incarceration, the foundations of criminal law, affirmative action, antidiscrimination law, propaganda, ideology critique, and political speech.


Muirhead, Plunkett

Cross Listed Courses

PHIL 38.03

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