This course examines the concept of justice and its relationship to human affairs. Questions to be addressed include: Does justice flow from divine providence? The state? Reason? What is the relationship between society and justice? How do we balance the desire for justice with other values such as love or compassion—or are the latter an intrinsic element of the former? Is justice as a concept fixed, or does it change depending on time and culture? How should we approach people whose actions offend our sense of justice? In order to explore these questions, we will examine readings from the fields of literature, philosophy, politics and religion.