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PHIL0209

Philosophy of Law

Philosophy of Law
In this course, we shall consider a number of questions concerning law and its institution in human society. What is the origin and authority of law? What is legal obligation? What is the connection between law and coercion, between law and morality, and law and rights? Are laws merely conventions or is there a law of nature? What is the role of law in judicial decisions and the effect of these on the law? We shall also consider and evaluate various theories of law: natural law theories, utilitarian theories, analytical philosophy of law, critical legal studies, feminist theories. 3 hrs. lect.
Subject:
Philosophy
Department:
Philosophy
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
PHL
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2014

PHIL0209A-F14 Lecture (Viner)

Fall 2013

PHIL0209A-F13 Lecture (Viner)

Fall 2011

PHIL0209A-F11 Lecture (Viner)

Fall 2009

PHIL0209A-F09 Lecture (Viner)

Spring 2008

PHIL0209A-S08 Lecture (Viner)

Spring 2007

PHIL0209A-S07 Lecture

Spring 2006

PHIL0209A-S06 Lecture (Flynn)

Spring 2005

PHIL0209A-S05 Lecture (Flynn)