Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom is a free course being offered by Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor in the Philosophy, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, a renowned Ivy League university in the United States.
During the course, students will be encouraged to think about why governments exist and what type of model a just government should follow to ensure the rights of citizens are protected. The objective of the class is to engage in critical thinking about many different forms of governance rather than to convince students that any one form is best.
This online course requires students to watch 20 hours of video and read assigned literature. Quizzes and writing assignments are included as a part of the 5-week course.
“What is the purpose of government? Why should we have a State? What kind of State should we have? Even within a political community, there may be sharp disagreements about the role and purpose of government. Some want an active, involved government, seeing legal and political institutions as the means to solve our most pressing problems, and to help bring about peace, equality, justice, happiness, and to protect individual liberty. Others want a more minimal government, motivated, perhaps, by some of the disastrous political experiments of the 20th Century, and the thought that political power is often just a step away from tyranny. In many cases, these disagreements arise out of deep philosophical disagreements.
The aim of the course is not to convince you of the correctness of any particular view or political position, but to provide you with a deeper and more philosophically-informed basis for your own views, and, perhaps, to help you better understand the views of those with whom you disagree.” (University of Pennsylvania)