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

Philosophy of Law (PHIL*3040)

Code and section: PHIL*3040*01

Term: Fall 2020

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, and justifications for legal punishment. As the course progresses students will acquire the tools that are necessary to think critically about the foregoing topics. Authors will include Thomas Aquinas, John Stuart Mill, Patricia Smith and the British jurist Patrick Devlin.
Course content will be delivered through an asynchronous format. Details to follow.

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