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Political and Moral Philosophy

Students in this concentration analyze policy and policy making through a lens of political and moral philosophy. The emphasis is on the foundational philosophies upon which public and private policy-making institutions are based.  Students pursuing this concentration consider Ancient Greek, Enlightenment, and Modern political ideas and take into account questions of morality in policy making.  These basic issues can then be applied to issues within fields such as medicine, law, business, education, politics, the non-profit sector, and the environment.

The list of graduate level gateway and elective concentration courses may also be found in the Stanford Bulletin. Note that this is not an exhaustive list; students may select other courses for their concentration with the approval of their faculty adviser. 

Courses in the Political and Moral Philosophy concentration include:

POLISCI 231. High-Stakes Politics: Case Studies in Political Philosophy, Institutions, and Interests (not offered in 2018-19)

POLISCI 230A. Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought

DLCL 324. Enlightenment Seminar 
DLCL 325. Modern Seminar (offered occasionally, not offered in 2018-19)

ETHICSOC 278M. Iintroduction to Environmental Ethics

EDUC 247. Moral Education (not offered in 2018-19)

GSBGEN 208. Ethics in Management

HUMBIO 174. Foundations of Bioethics

LAW 3502. Art and the Law
LAW 5802. Modern American Legal Thought

NBIO 201. Social and Ethical Issues in the Neurosciences 

PEDS 251A. Medical Ethics I  
PEDS 251B. Medical Ethics II (not offered in 2017-18)

PHIL 225. Kant's First Critique
PHIL 270. Ethical Theory
PHIL 272. History of Modern Moral Philosophy (not offered in 2018-19)
PHIL 274B. Universal Basic Income: the Philosophy Behind the Proposal

PHIL 275B. Philosophy of Public Policy
PHIL 276. Political Philosophy: The Social Contract Tradition 

PHIL 374F. Science, Religion and Democracy (not offered in 2018-19)

POLISCI 131L. Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Marx and Mill
POLISCI 134P. Contemporary Moral Problems
POLISCI 236. Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector

POLISCI 351C. Testing Models of Governmental Decision-Making (not offered in 2018-19)