PHIL 311: Philosophy of Law

PHIL 311-001: Philosophy of Law
(Spring 2024)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Innovation Hall 135

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Section Information for Spring 2024

Law structures our lives and the world we inhabit in myriad ways. It regulates how we interact with others, where we go to school, what kinds of things we can own and sell, and how we can be sanctioned if we act outside the law. In this course, we will consider a variety of philosophical questions raised by life within the American legal system. The first portion of the course will consider classic conceptual questions about the nature of law generally and its relation to morality. In the rest of the course we will consider philosophical questions that arise in three areas of American law: public law (constitutional law, criminal procedure, and criminal law), private law (property law, tort law, and contract law), and the professional ethics of lawyers. Students will be asked to recognize and reflect on the impact of law in others' lives and as well as their own, and decide whether and how they plan to impact the law through their own actions.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigation of theories of natural law, legal positivism, and legal realism as they pertain to some of the central philosophical questions about law. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHIL or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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