thematic survey 2019

Just Ideas? An analysis of the use of political authority to bring about justice in the world

Just Ideas? An analysis of the use of political authority to bring about justice in the world

by Benjamin Johnstone

While writers have long pondered what it means to lead a just life, some of the thinkers encountered in our course have argued for a preferred view of justice as a realizable ideal, and used arguments about political authority to bring this conception of justice into being. This essay will explore these uses of political authority beginning with the works of Sophocles, Plato, Hobbes, Hemingway, and Marx.

Alienation and Belonging in Authority and Resistance

Alienation and Belonging in Authority and Resistance

by Nathan Willins

There are few things worse than feeling alone. Believing there is nobody to share life with, no group to which you belong, is a terrifying and crippling emptiness. This sense of isolation is often seen as a personal problem, a weakness caused and experienced individually.