Section Information for Summer 2021
This course fulfills requirements for the Philosophy major including the concentrations in Philosophy and Law, and in PPE. It also fulfills requirements for the Philosophy and Law minor and can be used as an elective for the Philosophy minor.
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 will look at how we should ask these fundamental philosophical questions about the law and how we should answer them. We will consider four broad areas of inquiry: the political morality of law, the nature and value of law, criminal law and punishment, and constitutional law. The main course objective is for students to be able to understand, analyze, and criticize arguments made by legal philosophers and judges.
PHIL 311 D01 is a distance education section.