John Rawl’s theory of justice

Course Information
TitleΖητήματα της θεωρίας της δικαιοσύνης του John Rawls / John Rawl’s theory of justice
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Zografidis
Course ID600020437

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 69
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course students - will understand the place of Rawls' theory in the history of political philosophy - recognize the relationship between Rawls' theory and contractarian tradition and utilitarianism - will become acquainted with the critical discussions of modern Anglo-Saxon political philosophy.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
John Rawls (1921-2002) had the rare for a philosopher satisfaction of seeing his extensive treatise "Theory of Justice" (1971) to be classified among the classic works of 20th century political philosophy shortly after its publication. In this work, which opened new ways in political thought, he developed, evolving the theory of the social contract and utilizing the critique of prevailing utilitarian views, not only a new theory of distributive justice concerning the basic structure of society but also a genial justification for its acceptance. The course explains the basic assumptions of the original theory, as well as the changes that Rawls made to it from the eighties to his last work on the just society (2001), in an attempt to give it a historical and political dimension. Furthermore, since the publication of "Theory of Justice" caused a series of severe criticisms, the critique of R. Nozick and G. A. Cohen, driven by different ideological starting points, is studied.
Contemporary Political Philosophy, John Rawls, Theory of Justice, R. Nozick, G. A. Cohen, Utilitarianism
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602.4
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Rawls, John, Θεωρία της δικαιοσύνης. Αθήνα: εκδ. Πόλις, 2001. 2. Rawls, John, Ο πολιτικός φιλελευθερισμός. Αθήνα: εκδ. Μεταίχμιο, 2017.
Additional bibliography for study
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