PHIL 359 - Law and Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
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)
 
15237
Open
93
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
15239
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
15247
Open
17
 
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MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
15249
Open
15
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
44761
Closed
0
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
15241
Open
4
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
44762
Open
4
 
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
15243
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
013 (DIS)
P
44763
Open
10
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
016 (DIS)
P
40823
Open
16
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
017 (DIS)
P
43085
Open
18
 
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
018 (DIS)
P
43087
Open
7
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Note:
A coursepack will also be provided at a location to be announced. All readings will also be available online at CTools.
ISBN: 0915144867
Second treatise of government, Author: John Locke. Ed. with an introd. by C. B. Macpherson., Publisher: Hackett 2. print. 1980
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0915144433
On liberty, Author: John Stuart Mill ; edited, with an introd., by Elizabeth Rapaport., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 1978
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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