Political philosophy studies various fundamental questions concerning the relationships between individuals, social groups, and the state, e.g.: Are there such things as natural or human rights? If so, what are they, and what is their basis? How are rights to private property established? Under what conditions is the state justified in using force against other nations or its own citizens? What makes a given distribution of social goods and responsibilities just or unjust?
People in the Department of Philosophy who work in this area include: