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215.42 sec. 001 - Foundations of Legal Philosophy (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Christopher L. Kutz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    W 2:10 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
    From January 15, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 15, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32163

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course is an introduction to (primarily) analytical legal theory through a close reading of some of the most important texts and arguments about the nature of law and legal authority of the last 75 years. We will pay special attention to questions of the relation of law to politics, history, and morality, and to questions about the philosophical justification (if there is) for the special role of courts in maintaining political order. Among the authors we will read are: H.L.A. Hart, Hans Kelsen, Ronald Dworkin, Jurgen Habermas, Joseph Raz, Scott Shapiro, Seana Shiffrin, and Jeremy Waldron. The course presupposes no prior work in philosophy or legal theory.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.

Option 2 form needed:

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Legal Theory and History

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A reader will be used in this class.

Required Books are in blue

  • Law's Empire
    Ronald Dworkin
    Publisher: Hart Publishing, Oxford
    ISBN: 9781841130415
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • The Concept of Law
    HLA Hart
    Edition: 2nd edition
    Publisher: Oxford University Press - Clarendon Series
    ISBN: 9780198761235
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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