Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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PHL300ZA(哲学 / Philosophy 300)
Readings in Philosophy


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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6306
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 月4/Mon.4
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
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Global Open Program
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Outline and objectives

The three main objectives of the course are to introduce: (i) some of the real-world problems of global justice and the moral and philosophical challenges they present, (ii) some of the main positions and arguments that philosophers have proposed in response to these problems, and (iii) the philosophical method of analyzing and evaluating these different perspectives and arguments. A larger aim is to show how philosophy can help provide analytical tools for both clarifying and addressing the problems of humanity. Some of the topics we will discuss include: world poverty and economic inequality, human rights and sovereignty, nationalism and cultural diversity, just war and humanitarian intervention, and boundaries and immigration.


Students will (1) develop a deeper understanding of the basic issues, concepts and viewpoints found in global ethics and global political philosophy, (2) explore how philosophical ideas apply to real life events and (3) learn to think critically and express their opinions accurately. The class provides students with the moral background for their studies in the related fields of political science, international relations and politics.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

Students will attend lectures, read related materials and have two written examinations. Feedback on completed assignments will be given in class.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



What is this thing called global justice? Global justice as normative inquiry, Organization of the course, selection exam

2[対面/face to face]:World Poverty

Moral responsibility and global poverty, utilitarianism and rights-based approaches

3[対面/face to face]:Global Economic Equality

Global egalitarianism, justice as fairness, resources versus capabilities

4[対面/face to face]:Against Global Egalitarianism

Questioning global Egalitarianism, Rawl's laws of peoples

5[対面/face to face]:Nationalism and Patriotic Sentiments

The problem of nationalism, cosmopolitanism, patriotism and partiality

6[対面/face to face]:The Universality of Human Rights

The nature of human rights, universal rights, liberal rights

7[対面/face to face]:Review & Midterm Exam


8[対面/face to face]:Human Rights: State Sovereignty, Culture and Gender

Possible conflicts between human rights and sovereignty, culture and gender

9[対面/face to face]:Just Wars and Humanitarian Intervention

Just war theory, military intervention

10[対面/face to face]:Borders: Immigration, Secession and Territory

Ethics of immigration, secession and territorial rights

11[対面/face to face]:Climate Change Justice: Sharing the Burden

Climate justice, subsistence, per capita emissions, who pays?

12[対面/face to face]:Global Democracy: Cosmopolitan Versus International

Problems with democracy, Alternatives? Cosmopolitan versus international

13[対面/face to face]:Conclusion

Real world problems, the need for a global theory of justice

14[対面/face to face]:Final Exam & Wrap-up


Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students are expected to read the materials as instructed and prepare for class participation and discussion. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


What is This Thing Called Global Justice? Kok-Chor Tan, 2017, Routledge.
All required readings for the class are from this text. Any other class materials will be made available by the instructor. Students do not need to purchase the text.


International Ethics: Concepts, Theories, and Cases in Global Politics, 4th Edition, Mark R. Amstutz, 2013, Rowman and Littlefield.

The Global Justice Reader, edited by Thom Brooks, 2008, Wiley-Blackwell.

Global Ethics: An Introduction, Heather Widdows, 2014, Routledge.

More difficult, but useful, discussions of these issues can be found in the following articles from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy ( global justice, international distributive justice, globalization, cosmopolitanism, citizenship and many others.  

Grading criteria

Evaluation will be based on a selection exam (10%) class participation (15%) midterm exam (35%) and final exam (40%).

Changes following student comments

Some small changes have been made to the topics covered in the class.


This course is intended for the those new to the philosophical study of global justice, presupposing little or no background in philosophy.