LEGALST 106WI | Philosophy of Law

2024 Spring | T, TH 11 am-12:30 pm | COURSE #32853 | UNITS: 4

Christopher Kutz & Haley Anderson

This course explores a number of philosophical themes bearing on the nature of the law and its relationship to morality: e.g., What is law—does its claim rest only on social processes or does law necessarily embody moral claims? Do we have an obligation to obey the law? What are the moral limits of legal punishment? 

In addition to engaging these and related substantive issues, the course also attempts to sharpen students’ skills in practical reasoning through the analysis of logical argument. The writing-intensive section, led by Haley Anderson, features supplemental writing exercises (with feedback), in-class debates, and simulations.