Philosophy of Law (PHIL 780)

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Instructor: Gerald Postema. This seminar meets on Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Caldwell 208.

This course will explore central issues in general jurisprudence—that is, questions about the nature of law and legal reasoning, including questions about the relationships between law and morality, law and power, the role of custom or convention in law, and the like. Major theories of law in the Anglo-American tradition will be considered, with a primary (but not exclusive) focus on twentieth century writers (Hart and Dworkin). But the approach will be historical, so attention will also be paid to philosophical discussions and theories that frame the contemporary debate (despite often being ignored by that debate).

Gerald Postema’s webpage