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1) How might we apply a Lockean theory of property to the economic inequality we
face today? Does a Lockean theory of property justify the economic inequality we
face today? Why or why not? If not, what, if anything, would be required in order
to make make the distribution of wealth just? Your answer should consider at
least one objection to your view.

2) Compare and contrast Rousseau and Smith and their views on the division of
labor and the economic inequality that ensues from it . Whose view do you find
more persuasive and why? Your answer should consider at least one objection to
your view.

3) Locke, Rousseau, Smith, and Marx agree that the role of the modern state is to
secure and prote ct bourgeois private property. Pick two of these philosophers and
explain their account of the origin and purpose of the modern liberal state, as well
as whether or not they accord the state legitimacy. Would they each (respectively)
find Canada today, with its laws regulating property, legitimate? Why or why not?
Whose account do you find more persuasive and why?

4) Would a Millian version of utilitarianism consider the economic inequality we
face today just? Why or why not? If not, what, if anything, would be required to
make it just? Your answer should consider at least one objection to your view.

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