PHIL 311: Philosophy of Law

PHIL 311-D01: Philosophy of Law
(Summer 2020)


Section Information for Summer 2020

Fulfills the requirement for a course in Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy for the Philosophy major; fulfills a requirement for the PPE and Philosophy of Law concentrations in the Philosophy major.

Fulfills a requirement for the BAS in Applied Science, Concentration in Legal Studies and the BA in Integrative Studies, Concentration in Legal Studies.

What gives the state the authority to punish criminals? How does a judge know which way to rule in a case? Is an unjust law still a law? How should we manage the tension between civil liberties and civil rights? In this course, we look at how we should ask these fundamental philosophical questions about the law and how we should answer them. We consider three broad areas of inquiry: the nature and value of law, criminal law and punishment, and constitutional law.


PHIL 311 D01 is a distance education section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigation of theories of natural law, legal positivism, and legal realism as they pertain to some of the central philosophical questions about law. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHIL or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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