Course Description



This course is a wide-ranging introduction to philosophy of law. Through readings in general jurisprudence, normative legal theory, and the philosophical foundations of specific areas of law, it will equip students with sharpened analytical skills and acquaint them with some of the most fundamental philosophical debates in and about law. Among the topics covered are:

the relationship between law and morality; the nature of rights; the authority of law and the duty to obey the law, and the limits of both; and philosophical debates in criminal law, tort law, and constitutional law.  No prior background in philosophy is required.