PHIL 359 - Law and Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
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)
 
15089
Open
11
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
15091
Closed
0
 
-
MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
15097
Open
5
 
-
MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
15099
Closed
0
 
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
40935
Open
1
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
15093
Open
5
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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Note:
All readings for this course will also be available online through CTools. The instructor is not paid any royalties for the Kendall-Hunt reader.
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.
A professor-published anthology of required readings (Elizabeth Anderson, ed., Philosophy of Law, 1st ed., Kendall-Hunt; ISBN 978-0-7575-6577-9) will be available by the Fall term. The instructor earns no royalties from this reader.
Required
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