Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Sep 27, 2022  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHIL 3480 - [Philosophy of Law]

Fall or spring. 4 credits.

Prerequisite: one previous course in philosophy. Next offered 2014-2015.


Explores the most important debates in contemporary philosophy of law.  We will examine the distinction between law and other social practices, the relation of law and morality, the problem of legal authority, and the nature of adjudication and legal interpretation.  In so doing, we will analyze and evaluate the main jurisprudential schools of thought: legal positivism, legal realism, critical legal studies, and natural law theory. This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the philosophy of law, jurisprudence, and social/political philosophy; appropriate for advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law students.

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