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AQ-50172-09Education Programs: Enduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsVillanova UniversityThe Question of Justice: From the Piraeus to the Mountaintop7/1/2009 - 5/31/2012$24,600.00PeterBenjaminBusch   Villanova UniversityVillanovaPA19085-1478USA2009Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralEnduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsEducation Programs246000246000

The preparation and teaching of a sophomore-level undergraduate course on the question of justice.

This seminar is dedicated to studying the enduring question, "What is justice?" In order to investigate the question with the care it requires, we will follow the lead of Plato's Republic, the dialogue in which Socrates stays down in the Piraeus (the port of Athens) for an all-night conversation about justice. Each unit of the course will take as its starting point one of the major views of justice offered by the men with whom Socrates converses at the beginning of the dialogue. Rather than taking that conversation for granted, however, we will proceed to illustrate, complicate and challenge it with texts by William Shakespeare, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sophocles, and Frederick Douglass, among others. The course ends with a perspective perhaps very different from that of Socrates: the view of justice taken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop."