Jerry Gaus

Areas of Study

 Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Ethics, Political Economy


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Jerry Gaus
James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy
Telephone: (520) 621-4473
Fax: (520) 621-9559
Office: 217A Social Sciences
Office Hours: T: 2-3, W: 4:15-5:15


B.A., summa cum laude, 1974, State University of New York at Buffalo. 

M.A., 1975, University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D., 1979, University of Pittsburgh



Courses Taught

I direct the major in Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (for more info go to In that major I teach:

PHIL 250: The Social Contract : The moral requirements of social life and social cooperation, and the nature of a just social and economic order. Among others, the course considers the classical theories of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau, as well as contemporary theories such as that of John Rawls.

PPEL 310: Economic Analyses in Philosophy and Politics: This course introduces students to the ways in which economic analysis has been applied to issues in social philosophy and the study of politics; it analyzes the ways in which tools from economics have been applied to the problems of social and political theory. Game theory, axiomatic social choice theory, and public choice theory are discussed

PPEL 320: Classics in Political Economy . This course acquaints students with the contributions to PPEL by, among others, John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, J.S. Mill, Karl Marx, F.A. Hayek and John Maynard Keynes. The course considers why the field of political economy, combining social philosophy, politics, and economic analysis, flourished for most of the nineteenth century, but broke into separate fields at the end of the century, and the consequences of this rupture.

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