PHIL 414 A: Philosophy Of Law

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
Location: 
SAV 155
SLN: 
21938
Instructor:
Ronald Moore

Additional Details:

This course examines fundamental philosophical issues in the philosophy of law, including (most of) the following: The Natural Law/Positivism debate; contests of legality and morality; the duty to obey law; legal rights and individual well-being, and constitutional interpretation. We will read and critically assess classic and recent sources on these topics, debate the merits of philosophical arguments regarding them, and consider the application of philosophical theory of law to issues in legal practice. Although the course has no prerequisites, students who enroll will find it very useful to have taken at least one prior philosophy course dealing with law, political philosophy, or ethics. Students may meet course requirements a) by successfully completing two essay-type exams or b) by writing a 15-page term paper (in which a thesis connected to our readings is announced early and defended by argument in the course of the essay).

TEXT: Arguing About Law, eds. Kavanagh and Oberdiek (Routledge, 2008) (paperback).

Catalog Description: 
Nature and function of law. Relation of law to morality. Legal rights, judicial reasoning.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Credits: 
5
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 29, 2016 - 9:22pm