Philosophy of Law (PHIL*3040) | College of Arts

Philosophy of Law (PHIL*3040)

Code and section: PHIL*3040*01

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: Peter Eardley


This course is an introduction to the major themes and topics in the philosophy of law. Through an examination of classical and contemporary readings related to this topic, we will address such issues as the scope and nature of law, the relationship between law and individual freedom, justifications for legal punishment and the nature of international law. As the course progresses students will acquire the tools that are necessary to think critically about the foregoing topics. Authors will include Thomas Aquinas, H.L.A. Hart, John Austin and the British jurist Patrick Devlin.


"Course Outline"

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.