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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 064 Global Justice

Few people would deny that we have special, and sometimes quite demanding, obligations to help our friends, family, or even our fellow citizens. But what about complete strangers? The vast majority of people exist across the world in places we will never visit. Moreover, the number of living people is dwarfed by the number or people who will be born into the distant future generations. These are all people whom we will never meet or form relationships with because of geographic or temporal distances. The guiding questions of this course will be: Does this distance matter morally speaking? What, if anything, do we owe such people? Three main topics will provide the focus of discussion: international economic inequality, climate change, and war.