My Syllabi

Equality in Political Philosophy (Fall and Spring, 2020-1). This seminar was taught at the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University.  It introduces law students to central philosophical controversies regarding the idea of equality. The course, which was taught over two semesters, covers five topics: 1) Does distributive equality have intrinsic value? 2) If it does, what should be distributed equally? 3) Are all human beings equal? 4) Equality and discrimination; 5) equality and democracy.

Wrongful Discrimination: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives (Spring 2019). This seminar was taught at The University of Chicago Law School. Topics covered: the demarcation of wrongful discrimination, wrongful discrimination and the American Constitution, affirmative action, and disability.

Cognitive Disabilities and Human Rights (Spring 2018). This course is structured around The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each week focuses on one central right from The Declaration, and with the help of contemporary philosophers (as well as scholars from other disciplines), we investigate the conceptual difficulties involved in securing the rights in question for people with cognitive disability. The course won the Pozen Family Center for Graduate Lectureship Award.

Equality and its Value Syllabus (Winter 2018). This course is designed as an upper-level seminar in philosophy. In the first part of the course, we discuss egalitarianism as a distributive ideal. In the second part, we discuss the idea of basic equality.

Moral Status: Who Deserves Moral Consideration? This course is designed as a philosophy class that can appeal to students from other disciplines. The course takes up the concept of “moral status” and explores its relevance to moral and political discussions. Case studies include nonhuman animals, fetuses, people with cognitive disability, Robots and “Superhumans.” The course won the Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship.

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