01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR
Peterson Hall 1113
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Section Information for Spring 2023
Justice is the foundation of human society. It is the administration of law and the assignment of punishment. Justice is the qualities of fairness and moral truth. Yet within these definitions a rift appears. What happens when laws are unjust? Or when legal structures are simply expressions of power? This class will examine how literature animates the human passions underlying the most abstract ethical dilemmas. We will consider citizens’ obligation to follow unjust laws. And how reparations can be made for injustices committed before our lifetimes. From plays written in ancient Greece to science fiction from the twenty-first century, literature helps us ask big questions about justice and its relationship to power, law, and government.
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