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John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) has been called the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century. His essay On Liberty applied his system of utilitarianism to society and the state. (This image is in the public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


MIT Course Number

24.04J / 17.01J

As Taught In

Spring 2012



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This course explores the ideal of social justice. What makes a society just? We will approach this question by studying three opposing theories of justice—utilitarianism, libertarianism, and egalitarian liberalism—each foundational to contemporary political thought and discourse.

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Stanczyk, Lucas. 24.04J Justice, Spring 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-04j-justice-spring-2012 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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