PHIL 155. Philosophy of Law

In this course, we will examine philosophical approaches to the theory and practice of law. We begin with the classical theoretical questions: what is law and why should we follow it? We cover the legal positivism/natural law debate and as well as examining the roles of lawmakers, citizens, and judges. We examine some of the main theories of justice. We then move to questions about criminal law and punishment. In the practice of law, we discuss issues of racism and sexism in law as well as questions about individual rights, paternalism, privacy, and technology.
2 credits.
Fall 2018. Thomason.
Catalog chapter: Philosophy  
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