PHIL 359 - Law and Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will analyze law and legal institutions from the perspective of moral and political philosophy. These are some of the questions we will investigate:

  • Do we have a moral obligation to obey the laws of our state? If so, to what extent and why?
  • When is the state justified in restricting our individual liberties against our will?
  • What are freedom of religion, and freedom of speech? What do these freedoms mean for us?
  • What is it for everyone to be equal under the law, regardless of religion, race, class, disability, and gender?
  • When should discrimination based on race (or gender, or sexual orientation, or disability) be illegal?
  • What justifies punishment under the law? Is the death penalty justified? What about felon disenfranchisement?

Along the way, we will touch on the following topics: anarchism, civil disobedience, racist hate speech, religious accommodation, causes of racial inequality, voting rights, affirmative action, and sexual harassment. We will read works by historical figures as well as contemporary legal philosophers, historians, and sociologists. And we will also look at some statutes and landmark court decisions.

The course will help students develop their argumentative skills, through written work and class discussion. Students will be encouraged to defend their own views on these questions, using the assigned readings and lecture material as starting points.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed on the basis of active participation in discussion, short argumentative papers, an in-class presentation, and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

This course will not assume any previous familiarity with philosophy.

Class Format:

2 hrs lecture with some question & answer and 2 hrs of discussion per week

PHIL 359 - Law and Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11746
Open
3
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: No credit will be given to students who took PHIL 160.010 in Fall 2014
002 (DIS)
P
11747
Open
1
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11748
Open
1
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
19895
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
21223
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
29201
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
29202
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 9781465229335
Law and Philosophy, Author: Ishani Maitra and Elizabeth Anderson, eds., Publisher: Kendall Hunt 2013
Required
ISBN: 9780915144433
On liberty, Author: John Stuart Mill ; edited, with an introd., by Elizabeth Rapaport., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 4. print. 1978
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
iclicker Remote for Student Responses in Classroom, available from the Computer Showcase in the Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons
Required
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