PHIL 280.001 – Morality, Law, and Justice: Issues in Legal Philosophy
Instructor: Nevin Johnson. This course meets MTWRF 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. via remote synchronous (RS) instruction.
This course will examine the intersection of law and morality through the discussion of three main topics:
- We will discuss whether the concept of law itself bears some (important) relation to the concept of morality.
- We will discuss whether the fact that an action is immoral is a sufficient reason to regulate it with the law (especially the criminal law).
- Finally, we will discuss debates over the proper theory of legal interpretation, especially the debates between Antonin Scalia on the one side and those who reject textualism and originalism on the other.