PHIL 6000:  Philosophy of Law

Course Description:   This course will provide an introduction to the philosophy of law.  Rather than comprehensively explore some particular set of questions, our approach will be broadly pluralistic, both in terms of content and methodology.  Coverage will comprise the following principal areas, chosen for their philosophical richness:  jurisprudence, torts, criminal law, and First Amendment law.  Following our introductory unit in jurisprudence, each subsequent unit presents both philosophical writings and pertinent case law.  Students will therefore acquire a facility not just with academic work, but also will acquire the analytical abilities needed to work through court opinions.  A final research paper will allow students to explore a topic in philosophy, law, or the intersection thereof.

Course Syllabus (Fall 2013)