A balding, middle-aged white man with wavy hair, and thick sideburns.

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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Course Description

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.

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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