Philosophy of Law (PHIL352)
In this course, students will be introduced to some central issues in philosophy of law. We will focus on the nature of the law, the law’s relationship with morality, the nature of constitutional interpretation and judicial review, and issues in criminal jurisprudence about the justification of punishment and the nature and limits of responsibility. We will explore these issues by reading and discussing a variety of classical and contemporary texts and cases. Some topics we might discuss include the insanity defense, paternalism and the harm principle, freedom of expression, personhood, and abortion.
GE/GR areas: upper-division C (humanities), upper-division D (social science), WI (writing)