PS 101: The Quest for Justice (PS101.01S)
In Plato’s Republic, Socrates and a group of acquaintances stay up talking long into the night (forgetting to eat supper and attend a big Mardi Gras-type party), because they are caught up in a quest to figure out what justice is. We will be on the same quest for the course of the semester—with, one hopes, a little of that same intensity. What is justice? Is there a best way for humans to live together in political community? Does justice differ from place to place and era to era; or is there a transcendent justice that provides a fixed standard by which to judge all political action? In other words, does justice exist by nature or by human convention? Do you have rights? If so, what are they and what is their foundation or ground? What is the relation between justice and power, justice and the law, justice and freedom, justice and equality? To guide you into these important and difficult questions and provide material for your own political reflection and observation, we will read works by both ancient and modern authors. Along the way, we will have a chance to explore different kinds of regimes from the ancient city to modern liberal democracy.
Diana Schaub is professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland. A graduate of Kenyon College, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, she has also been a postdoctoral fellow of the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University (1994-95) and the Garwood Teaching Fellow at Princeton University ((2011-12). In 2001, she was the recipient of the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. From 2004-2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. She is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu's "Persian Letters" (1995), along with a number of book chapters and articles in the fields of political philosophy and American political thought. She is also a co-editor (with Amy and Leon Kass) of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (2011). She is a contributing editor to The New Atlantis and a member of the publication committee of National Affairs. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, the New Criterion, the Public Interest, Commentary, First Things, the American Interest, City Journal, and elsewhere.
Effective Writing (WR100.02S)
In this class, students practice and refine mainly argumentative essays, drawing on readings that deal with topics related to contemporary cultural and political issues. George Orwell's A Collection of Essays is supplemented by more current readings from leading publications.
Brian Murray, PhD., teaches in the Writing Department, the Honors Program, Film Studies and Liberal Studies. He has written two books on Charles Dickens and has published essays and reviews on many subjects in a wide range of popular and scholarly publications.
Cristina Caridad Garcia - A native of Yonkers, New York, I began working at Loyola University Maryland (in ALANA Services) in July of 2011. Before coming to Loyola, I was at Davidson College for one and a half years where I served as the Diversity Program Advisor and Area Coordinator. I obtained my B.A. in English at Siena College near Albany NY in 2007 and my Masters in College & Agency Counseling at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 2009. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my dog (Shadow), as well as playing tennis, swimming, spinning, listening to music, cooking, exploring my "new" surroundings and most of all spending time with my family.