University of Pittsburgh, Summer 1998
Philosophy 0320: Social Philosophy
Ben Eggleston

Social Philosophy

Syllabus and assignments:

Study notes:

To see the study notes for a particular author, click on the corresponding link below. 

The study notes include 

  • background information about the authors and reading assignments
  • study questions
  • suggestions for further reading
  • paper topics
  • outlines of topics to be covered in class

The study questions are intended to draw attention to some of the main ideas expressed in the works to which they refer. They are given in the order in which their answers may be found while reading these works, so they may be considered as you read the works, as well as after you have finished. All of the questions that will be asked on the quizzes will be available as study questions at least a week before being asked.


Almost everyone lives in society. But what is society? How should society be understood? How does living in society change the way people think and act? How does it change the way they ought to think and act? How should it be set up, organized, and governed? We will consider these and related questions through an introductory survey of influential works by writers such as Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Freud, and Huxley.