Michael Green

Philosophy served electronically since 1998

This year’s courses

Fall 2013
Spring 2014

Next year’s courses

I teach three courses every year:

  1. Social and Political Philosophy (Phil 33)
  2. Philosophy of Law (Phil 34)
  3. Freedom, Markets, and Well-being (PPE 160 or PPE 190)

For my fourth course, I try to switch between (1) classes for first and second year students, such as Problems of Philosophy (Phil 1) or ID-1, and (2) classes for juniors and seniors, such as the expansively titled “Topics in Philosophy of Law, and Law and Society” (Phil 185b) or “Topics in Social and Political Philosophy” (Phil 185s). (The titles and descriptions are deliberately broad. That way we can put a variety of different topics under the same number without having to go to the curriculum committee for approval.)

Anyway, next year (2014–15) would be a junior-senior class. As of December 2013, I think I will do one on punishment. In doing my own research on seventeenth-century theories of punishment, I was struck by the fact that the problems they discussed then are different from the ones that we discuss now. In the seventeenth century, the chief question was who has the right to punish. The thought was that this was the crucial right for a sovereign state: if you can’t show that the state has the right to punish, you can’t give a justification of the state. Now, I think we take it for granted that the state has this right and we largely ask questions about the aims of punishment: deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution, and so on. I’m interested in the gap.

But wait, there’s more! Thanks to the persuasive powers of Josh Ortiz and Patrick Little, it looks like I’ll be doing a small group independent study on Hume as well. The idea is that we would meet on Friday afternoons to go over the major topics in Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Michael Someck might sign on as well. If you’re interested, let me know.

Contact Michael Green

mail 551 N. College Ave.
Philosophy Department
Claremont, CA 91711
name Michael Green
office Pearsons Hall, room 207
office hours Wednesdays 2–4 (Spring 2014)
worktelephone (909) 607-0906
website http://carneades.pomona.edu

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Past courses

Spring 2013
Fall 2012
  • I was on leave for the 2011-12 school year.
Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Fall 2009
Spring 2009
Fall 2008
Spring 2008
Fall 2007
Spring 2007
Fall 2006

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