Innovation Hall 215G
Section Information for Spring 2017
Fulfills the requirement for a course in Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy for the Philosophy major.
Fulfills a requirement for the Philosophy and Law concentration and minor.
Taking the concept of law to be a theoretically and historically contested one, this course introduces students to the basics of philosophy of law. The dominant schools of thought, such as natural law, positivism, legal realism, law and economics, and so forth are introduced and critically examined, along with controversial issues such as whether there is a moral obligation to follow the law. Historical and international comparative background providing context for these debates will be discussed, and play a major role in this course.
Investigation of theories of natural law, legal positivism, and legal realism as they pertain to some of the central philosophical questions about law.