Michael Green

Philosophy served electronically since 1998

This year’s courses

Fall 2020
  • PPE 160: Freedom, Markets, and Well-Being
  • Phil 185B: Topics in the Philosophy of Law.

    The topic will be privacy. If you took Philosophy 34, Philosophy of Law, and thought the privacy section was the most interesting one, this is for you. We will start with the material in that class and go into more depth about privacy in the law, philosophy, history, and the social sciences.

    If you have not taken Philosophy 34 but have an interest in questions about privacy raised in medicine, research, or technology, you might also enjoy this course. We will talk about privacy in the law, what privacy is, why it is valuable, the role of privacy in our social lives, and what rights to privacy there are.

    While I have not finalized the syllabus, I expect that students will do a research project on a question about privacy of their choosing.

Spring 2020
  • Phil. 33: Political Philosophy
  • Phil. 34: Philosophy of Law

The pattern

I typically 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 the 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. Thus, “Topics in Social and Political Philosophy” can be human rights or Hobbes, “Topics in the Philosophy of Law” can be punishment or privacy, and so on.

About Michael Green

I am a member of the Department of Philosophy and the program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Pomona College. Before coming to Pomona, I taught at McGill, Stanford, and the University of Chicago.

My office is Pearsons 207. My email address and office phone number are available from the Pomona College directory: select Faculty/Staff and enter my name.

Michael Green

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Past courses

Fall 2019
Spring 2020
  • I was on leave in Spring 2020. I was doing social distancing before it became popular.
Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Fall 2017
Spring 2018
Fall 2016
Spring 2017
  • Sabbatical leave
Fall 2015
Spring 2016
Fall 2014
Spring 2015
Fall 2013
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Fall 2012
2011-2012
  • 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

Oldies from Chicago and Stanford

2006
2005
1999
1998