PHIL 359 - Law and Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course analyzes law and legal institutions from the perspective of moral and political philosophy, with particular attention to U.S. civil rights law in historical context.

Topics studied in this course include:

  • methods of legal interpretation,
  • equality and discrimination,
  • democracy and voting rights,
  • property rights and distributive justice,
  • the tension between social control and liberty (including specific liberties, such as free exercise of religion), and
  • the justification for punishing lawbreakers (or for imposing specific punishments, such as the death penalty).

Readings will be drawn:

  • from historical figures (Locke, Hume, Bentham, Mill);
  • from contemporary legal philosophers;
  • from texts in legal history, criminology, or sociology; and
  • from statutes and court decisions.

Requirements include substantial readings, three short papers, a final examination, and class participation. Required texts: John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (Indianapolis: Hackett), John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (Indianapolis: Hackett). Additional readings will be made available in a coursepack. All readings will be available online.

PHIL 359 - Law and Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12721
Open
36
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
12722
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
27566
Closed
0
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
12730
Open
4
 
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MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
12731
Open
1
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
P
27567
Open
4
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
12725
Open
4
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
12726
Open
7
 
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
012 (DIS)
P
12728
Open
2
 
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
016 (DIS)
P
27569
Open
3
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
017 (DIS)
P
30092
Open
4
 
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Th 1:00PM - 3:00PM
018 (DIS)
P
30093
Open
10
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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